You are most probably aware of which learning style suits you best, but even then it may be good to
just make sure again and if you do not know, here is your chance to find your learning style.
Remember, there are no hard and fast rules concerning learning styles as we are all individual, each
with his/her own preferences. There are a number of 'learning styles', but we will only look at the three
most common ones, namely Visual, Auditive and Kinaesthetic.
Please do not think that you have to follow only one style, maybe you will make use of a combination
of them, even learn certain work one way and other work in a different style. Find out what ...
WORKS FOR YOU
Experiment, but be honest and objective about yourself.
While the 'rules' concerning your learning style are fairly flexible, there are some other 'rules', or
conditions, you must follow to make your learning process as successful as possible.
What you want to avoid is to have to 'cram' for a test or exam. You do not want to have to
anxiously sit down the night before and study hard for the test/exam. It will only make you
tense and wanting to kill your little sister for making a noise or the dog for barking too much.
On a serious note, you want your learning session as relaxed as possible because your
brain thrives in a calm atmosphere. Tension makes him misfire.
Learn to give the work to your brain in neat packages, and he will give it back to you so much
easier. The way you put knowledge into your brain is the way he is going to give it to you again.
It is very much like a video camera. If you shake the camera when recording, you will have a
bad recording. If you give your brain muddled up information, he will give you muddled up results.
Your brain works like a music recording. When you listen to music and you want to listen to a song again, you now have to stop and go back to the beginning of the song to re-listen. What has that got to do with my brain?, you ask. Good question, with a good answer. As seen previously, you aim to give your brain neatly packed information and he will give it to you in the same way. Two mistakes can now creep in.
The first is that, just before you write the exam paper, a friend asks you a question about the
work. You give him the answer. You get the same question in the paper, and now you do not
know the answer! What happens is that your brain has already given the answer to you and he
is not going to do it again. Remember, you have programmed your brain to recall in a specific
order and if you recall something out of order, you have to rewind, like a music player, to the
beginning. The problem is your brain will only rewind much later; that is after you have finished
The same can happen while you are writing, especially with long or essay type questions. You all of a sudden get an idea about something that will only come in later in the essay. Do write that down somewhere or you are going to 'forget' it. Your brain has already given it to you and he is not going to do it again until much later. And all you can say is.... "but I knew that answer". Has it happened to you? I am sure it did. Now you know the reason and can avoid it.
[A point of interest. Somebody asks you a person's, say a musician's, name. At that moment you just can not 'remember' it. No matter how hard you try, you can not recall it. So you leave it. Then, a while later, the name just 'jumps' at you and you remember it! The lesson is; do not force your brain, he will find the answer and when you get that answer in an exam, write it down immediately.]