For anyone currently studying either at school, college, university, or anywhere else, learning new information is the main part of the experience. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know the right way to carry this out. Like with lots of things in life, sometimes it’s just trial and error to find out what works for you.
There are lots of different tips and techniques out there about ways in which we can learn, and I think everyone eventually finds their own way to do so. There are also different learning styles, such as visual (learning through using images), verbal (learning through using words) and aural (learning through using sound). It can be difficult to learn with lots of other people if they all have different preferred ways of learning, but self-learning can benefit from knowing how you learn best.
Revising for an exam, for example, can be a big way of finding out how you work best, and how information you have previously learnt about can be revised so you can potentially talk about it in an exam. Revising can be carried out with other people, but I think at least for some of it, a person revises alone. For some people, they may benefit from making a big spider diagram of all of the main points they need to look at, and then create other, more specific points about each one. I think it is a visual way of looking at information, seeing how the points connect, and learning that way.
Whenever I have revised for an exam, I have actually written out information that I needed to learn and learnt it that way. I’ve done this with both pages of information and also by using information written on revision cards, but both have worked for me. I think I may have used a spider diagram at some point as well, but it’s not my go-to revision aid of choice.
As people learn, I think we encounter many different ways of doing so, whether that be within different set tasks in lessons or on courses, or just by hearing about how other people work. Learning can be a very social thing to carry out, but it can also very solitary, as there is always an opportunity to learn alone in one way or another. This could be through a trip to the library or studying at home, or just by going somewhere where you can really focus on what you are doing. At the end of the day, we as individuals are the ones who can realise what works for us when it comes to learning, but there is always guidance that can be looked at along the way.
Do you have a way of learning that works for you? Let me know in the comments below.