Students are expected to take in more and more information within their schooling lives. In my experience tutoring VCE and university students, I have noted that many have not been taught how to study per se. Teachers do things like present their subject matter, give demonstrations, show example questions, and set homework for students. What I see lacking is educating students how to go home and study and revise.
Presented in this post, is a wide range of study methods and strategies. The idea is not that you use all of them all of the time, but rather pick and choose the strategies that work for you. If you are moving into a new subject area and your previously proven study method is not working, try some new ones.
Before I delve into the guts of this post, it is most important to understand your learning style and study to your strengths
If you get nothing more out of this post than this point, then you will have a lot of success in your studying. There are three main types of learners – auditory (people who learn best by listening, talking and conversing), visual (people who learn best by watching and reading), and tactile (people who learn best by touch and getting hands-on).
Experiment with each learning style and really pay attention to what sorts of activities help information stick in your head. This will give you a clue as to which points to concentrate on in this guide too.
Below is a list of all of the points in this guide (for those wanting the short version of the guide) and which learning style it suits.
And for those wanting more detail, here is the expanded explanations:
Also, use Google and Wikipedia to look up topics, although be wary of the information you read – the internet is not always correct! But sometimes you just can’t “get it” by reading the textbook. You might find that watching a youtube video or animation or listening to a podcast on your study topic might just be the answer to that question that’s been bugging you for weeks.
The internet in particular has a plethora of experiments and tests you can do at home to learn. Even if you don’t physically DO the experiments, reading about them and understanding what is happening may well be enough.
Last but not least
What I have presented here are specific strategies for you to try out when you are studying. What I have not covered here, are the absolute basics:
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Amelia has been a Chemistry Educator since 2002, and is passionate about making learning simple. She believes that ANYONE can learn ANYTHING they want if they have the drive and interest and are willing to do the hard yards.