LEARNING STYLES AND STRATEGIES

Our learning style is directly related to the strategies we use to learn something. A way to understand it would be to think about our learning style as the statistical mean of all the different strategies we use. Therefore, our learning style corresponds to our long-term tendencies and our most-used strategies. But naturally, the existence of a statistical mean doesn’t preclude deviations, or, said in other words, just because someone is generally really visual, holistic and reflexive, it doesn’t mean he can’t use auditory strategies in many cases and in concrete tasks.

Determining our tendencies

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.

Healthy body equals healthy mind

In good condition

The appropriate diet of the students, the control of their body positions, the activity and the physical rest, are elements that favor the concentration of the students and that should be taken into account before starting a successful study session. To know in which times we work better (in the afternoons when coming back from school, at night, or in the mornings before going to class) also helps to the creation of a personal working schedule. To study is an independent intellectual work that allows us to design our own schedules in order to assimilate the contents in the best possible way. A combination of study and rest will favor the process.

The working plan should include everything that relates to a good planning and organization of the real time we will dedicate for studying, taking into account the number of subjects and their difficulty.

Concepts such as the hypothetical, real and free time, as well as an assessment of our daily extracurricular activities and those that we spend some weekly hours in should be checked and analyzed in order to plan successfully the study schedule: weekly, monthly or quarterly.

 

The guidelines for the study of a subject can be as following: 1.      Pre-reading: a first Reading to get familiar with the topic.

2.      Notes on the side. Underlining of the main ideas.

3.      Study reading, revision reading.

4.      Summary of the content.

5.      Graphic diagram in order to memorize the information visually.