Friday, 19 February 2016

Revision Techniques For All Learners

Revision is something you either love or hate. For the majority of people they hate it however, for me, I always loved doing revision it was just the procrastination beforehand which got me in a pickle which is why I thought I'd share my tips and techniques on revision today.
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It can be hard finding the best technique which helps you to revise, whether it's doing mind maps or listening to a CD of information; everyone is different and we all learn in different ways. However, it all depends on whether you're a kinesthetic, visual or auditory learner, if you don't know which one you're then it's best to find out.

The Kinesthetic Learner: This is a learner who learns through carrying out physical activity, this could be in the form of carrying out an action, e.g. if you're studying PE and you had to remember what the technical term for bending your arm outwards or inwards is you could relate the term to the action. If you're someone who can remember things through carrying out actions then this is you.

The Visual Learner: I myself am a visual learner. For anyone who loves creating mind maps, highlighting key terminology or points or making flash cards then this is you. Writing notes and drawing images to represent words are your key ways of revising.

The Auditory Learner: This would be someone who likes to listen to information given to them. E.g. when a teacher/lecturer is speaking about waves in geography class you can remember everything in which they're saying through the use of speech. This is normally someone who has a good attention span and a great listener.

Now that you've hopefully worked out which learner you are it's time to put your learning ways into practice and complete your revision the best way you can with these helpful and easy techniques.
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The Kinesthetic Learner: Performing actions is going to be the main thing which will help you revise as you'll be able to relate your actions to words or things which may have happened. E.g. in physics you may have to know the two different types of waves there are, these are longitudinal and transverse. Longitudinal goes from left to right, so you could move your arm left to right, unlike transverse as this goes up and down from left to right so you could move your arm up and down whilst to the right. Don't be afraid in the exam to start doing an action as they won't stop you and if it'll help you then go for it. You and your friends could act out a performance or something which may have happened in one of your topics. Likewise you could perform a short video for all of your topics, not only is this fun and exciting to do it's educational. The video could include dates of when things happened and you could also act out what it was.
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The Visual Leaner: Reading is one of the simplest of techniques going along with looking at images and diagrams. Reading through your textbooks and writing out the key information in your own revision note book will ensure that you've got all the important information you need in one space, meaning you don't need to flick through endless pages of a textbook to find what you're looking for. Highlighting and bright colours are your best friends. Highlight any key points, facts of figures which you may need to know. Don't get carried away, not everything you write down will be important, e.g. if you need to know the date and year when the Battle of Hastings started then you'd write down a sentence about it and only highlight the important part. The Battle of Hastings was a battle between the French and English which started on 14th October 1066. Simple. Mind mapping allows you to have all the information of one topic in short sentences all on the same page for you to view; one page per topic, this could be topics within a main topic or just a main topic. When mind mapping include hand drawn images as they may make you understand some things better than when it's just written. Flashcards are also a great way to test yourself, with others or by yourself. You can do this online on Quizlet or by cutting up squares and writing on one side a question then the other an answer, it's a great way to identify what you're not as confident on as you can put them into two piles once you've tested yourself on ones you didn't get right and ones you got correct. Going through these once or twice a day will make you remember the topic amazingly well. With these flash cards you can also stick them around your house or bedroom and then when you walk past them look at the question, answer it, turn it over and you can see whether you've got it right or not. Some of the best places to stick them are on doors, fridge and on the back of the bathroom door!
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The Auditory Learner: If you have textbooks or revision books with the information you need in them to revise then this is the perfect time to grab yourself a voice recorder or your phone so that you can record yourself talking. At first this may sound weird and I understand that no-one likes the sound of their own voice but lets be honest, if it's going to help you to succeed then it must be done. So, what I'm saying is, read through that text book or your notes and record yourself saying it all, then listen back to you speaking, it'll help massively. Also finding recordings online which have descriptions about specific topics is another way to listen and learn. Finding videos and recordings online of people talking through methods of working is a brilliant way if you're an auditory learner and struggle with maths as they will talk through the method whilst you follow along. Writing down the key points you need then turning them into a song or poem which you can sing or speak out loud is another perfect way to learn as learning song lyrics is ever so easy.

I hope that's given you some ideas and techniques which you can now do for your revision. If you struggle with the stress of exams then don't worry, I'll help you out here. What learner are you and do you have any exams to revise for? What techniques do you usually use? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading,

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