Do you tend to jump for joy in moments of jubilation? When trying to remember something, does it help to fidget? Would you rather take a computer apart in order to figure it out instead of following the manual? Are you fond of constructing diagrammatic models and figures? Does physical exercise cheer you up? Do you tap your foot or nod your head when you listen to music?
You know what we’re getting at — a yes to most of the questions above makes you a kinesthetic learner. Movement and physical activity facilitate your learning and information uptake. Personal experience is your greatest teacher. Now, let’s see how a kinesthetic learner can get the most out of a study session.
Do you like reading travel books with lots of pictures? When you’re studying, do you find diagrams and illustrations more helpful than blocks of text? When you’re listening to music, do you like watching the video, or do you find yourself imagining a video as you listen? When you go out to eat, how affected are you by the lighting? Are you better with faces than names? When you’re in line at the movies, do the posters draw your eye more than anything else?
If all of that rings a bell, you’re a visual learner! Your eyes are the gateway to your mind and soul. Now that you know what makes you tick, let’s go over some ways you can really use that to your advantage. Continue reading
Finals are approaching fast, and sometimes parents find themselves more nervous than their kids. This is especially true if your kids have been academically challenged this year and you know that their final grades are essential to whether they pass or fail a subject.
Watching your kids’ grades slip is extremely frustrating, because often, even when they put in the effort, their grades don’t reflect the work or their potential. It’ll make you and your kids feel helpless, and that’s no good—you need a study skills program. A successful program is one that both fosters a student’s positive attitude towards studying and lights the path to noticeable improvement on tests and finals.
If you take the time to implement these three skill boosters, you’ll be amazed by the results. Once you get going, try and make them a part of frequent study sessions so that homework time in your household is streamlined and your children get used to a predictable schedule. Continue reading
So you’ve done all your pre-test rituals, taken a few deep breaths, and you enter the test venue, feeling pretty confident. Some of those nerves will return as you take your seat, and that doesn’t need to be unsettling: getting a little antsy just means you’re raring to go. But here’re some things you can do to keep those nerves on the useful part of the spectrum.
So it’s test day, and you’re beginning to freak out, even about things that didn’t even occur to you yesterday. Before you’re in a full-blown panic, take a deep breath, and follow these three steps before you sit down to take the test:
Have you ever found yourself reading and rereading the same paragraph a dozen times, but still not absorbing anything? It happens to the best of us so don’t feel bad. Sometimes it means you should take a break or go somewhere quieter or you’re thinking about too many things while you’re trying to read. But for those times when you’re on the clock and really need to get this read, don’t let your brain trick you into reading the same thing a hundred times over, because if you do it right, you’ll only need to read a section once.
This article, “Continue Your Education the Easy Way by Finding a Discussion Buddy” was posted on www.lifehacker.com. It’s a great website, geared toward technology buffs (that’s us!) and definitely worth exploring.
Have you ever explained a concept to a friend? If so, you probably learned that teaching someone else can be the best way to reinforce your own grasp of the material. In fact, discussion-based models are used all the time to help students learn. Have a look at an earlier blog post, “Take Charge of What you Learn…” Continue reading
This is a scenario we’re all familiar with: you’re getting ready to study, but you decide to clean up your room first, so you don’t get distracted; or run an errand, so you can really get studying without potential distractions; or any number of things that’ll get in the way of your actually finishing that assignment or prepping for that test. This is procrastination—the bane of every student’s existence, the scholar’s constant temptation, and the wrench in the gears of academic progress!
Here’s the thing: procrastination does you no good. Even while you’re doing it, it’s not like you’re enjoying yourself, because the whole time you’re anxious about the work you should be doing but aren’t. So let’s deal with this thing.
There’s a very important difference between notes that make sense and notes that are all over the place and clearly only taken to look busy in class. If you’re careful about your note-taking, they’ll be lucid and helpful references to everything that was said in class.
It’s easy to just tell someone to focus, just focus, and you’ll get straight A’s. But what does that even mean? It’s a big word for only five letters, and we’re going to explain it.