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October 20, 2011

Effective Learning Skills? VARK!

Portfolio was on the 19th; tutor is Ceri Marriott.

Completed a VARK questionnaire; can’t say I think the results reflect terribly well (5/5/9/5) – while I am good at learning from reading (and recitation!), I learn better from worked examples and the Kinesthesia score is far too low for that! I’d agree on the low aural score if not the visual – after listening to someone talk for too long I feel my attention waning.

So, points:
1. Take advantage of synaesthesia of memory by associating words with colours/sounds/whatever – give yourself more mental hooks to connect ideas with
Don’t think this one needs explanation – it’s a simple trick. Hope it works :)
2. Try to remember things based on what was said, as opposed to what was written
This is trickier – I think it’s probably a good idea to develop my aural learning style as the majority of ideas are delivered in lectures. I think I’d currently learn the same amount if the noise in the lectures themselves was replaced with a dissonant buzzing so long as the same ideas were expressed in writing. Once again, taking things in in multiple ways should aid memory.

Going to stop there – shouldn’t ask too much at once, I think.

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