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Revision - Learning Styles

Revising...some helpful information and advice

As adults we take in and store information in a way that suits us best. Consider for a moment being lost. If you stopped to ask someone how to get to your destination, how you would best remember the information they gave you.

* If they just verbally gave you the instructions
* Drew a map for you
* Either went with you or described where to go, mentioning some, key places that you can empathise with. E.g. A restaurant, antique shop, or a pub.

You will probably find that one of two of these ways worked better than others and the same is true for our children. The old stereotypical image of sitting in absolute silence, sitting upright at a desk may not be the best way for your child to learn. Research has shown that three of the five senses prevail when it comes to storing information in the brain. These are visual, through seeing; auditory, through hearing and kinaesthetic through touch or physical involvement. Below, you will find a list of different ways that young people can use to increase their learning power, which you can suggest. Some of the tips below, they may already be using, and there are others they might like to try. Remember, life is not a thirty-second commercial, it is important to stick with it and do not give up at the first hurdle.

Ways to Increase your Childs Learning Power:

If your child is a visual learner, encourage them to...

* Write down information
* Use coloured pens and coloured, unlined paper
* Use spider charts or mind maps to remember large amounts of information.
* Visualise the word in their head to spell them
* Make mental movies of the facts they need to know
* Stick post-it notes around the house to help them remember things
* When doing projects, illustrate them with pictures
* Use drawings and visual aids when giving talks
* Use association techniques e.g. North East South West - Never Eat Shredded Wheat
* Watch a demonstration or video on how to do something before starting
* Highlight important information in books and notes.

If your child is an AUDITORY learner, encourage them to...

* Repeat everything in their head over and over to remember them
* Take part in classroom discussion
* Ask, ask and ask again until someone can help them understand
* Tape information they find difficult and listen to it* Have background music on while they study
* Discuss what they are going to do for homework or projects with friends who can help
* Make up a song, rhymes or rap to memorise facts
* Break words up into sounds to remember how to spell them e.g. cat-a-stro-phic or spell them out loud
* Have someone ask questions if they are studying for a test or exam
* LISTEN and if they listen well, they will need fewer notes.

If your child is a KINAESTHETIC learner, encourage them to...

* Be comfortable when working
* Interrupt study time every 15-20 minutes ands move around
* Trace images, numbers, diagrams etc on paper or with their fingers in the air
* Volunteer for demonstrations, role play and learning activities
* If they do not know about something, visit the place concerned. Do a field trip - find out about it on the internet
* Get emotionally involved in an activity - understand this is when the will learn best, so concentrate.
* Use a clip board at home and walk about as they memorise new information.
* Eat while studying or play with items while you think
* Develop good note taking skills
* Use mind maps and other less conventional forms of note taking
* Write out the word to know if it feels right when learning to spell.
* Make flash cards to help them remember
* Roll up your sleeves and get involved. Kinaesthetic people learn from their mistakes
* Put information on post-it notes to allow them to manoeuvre it about until it makes sense

Before you can understand your child's dominant senses, you need to discover your own. So take the first stop by completing our self assessment questionnaire. This tick box questionnaire can not only help you to find out your own individual learning styles, but also your child's.

Print out the revision questionnaire, answer the questions. Then look at the learning style document to find out your learning style.