Out of the eight types of intelligence described by Howard Gardner, two are related to our ability to understand human emotions. Interpersonal intelligence is determined by our ability to understand other people, and intrapersonal intelligence is determined by our ability to understand ourselves.
Daniel Goleman groups both types of intelligence under the banner of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is our ability to understand our emotions and other people’s emotions. Emotional intelligence determines, for example, our ability to resist frustration, confusion and our way to react to adversity. So, our learning ability is closely related to our emotional intelligence.
To determine what our tendencies are, we need to analyze the way in which we teach from the representational systems’ point of view. If we once again make a list of the activities we use in the classroom the most, and we classify them according to the representational system(s), are they equally distributed? Or do we tend to use one system more than others?
As a general rule, in any group of students we can find all kinds of learning styles. If our teaching style matches our students’ style, their learning will be far easier.
Observing our students’ behavior can give us plenty of information about their preferred way of learning. The way we think about and process information is reflected in our behavior. In the table for representational systems and behavior, we get some general advice about the type of behavior usually associated with the different representational systems.
The study techniques form a guided methodology for the way of studying, for the guidelines to follow on the process, for how to start a study session in the best possible way and the development of it by using concrete techniques: Reading, summarizing, creating a diagram.
The students should know all the available study methods and then, choose the one that fits them better. This way, we personalize the way of studying and adapt it better to the other habits and abilities. For example, if someone has the ability of synthesizing, the summary can be beneficial. When, in a different case, the person captures the graphic information, the best method could be the visual study.