Date Posted: 08/01/2016

4 January 2016: the week at Read

Straight Back Into It!

Editor's Note

Welcome back to all!

I hope you enjoyed a great Christmas and a resolution-free New Year.  We are up and running without pause this January, with our Year 11 pupils getting stuck right back into lessons as usual; but as a bonus, they were "invited" to take part in a masterclass study skill session - dedicated at looking at their modes of learning - of which there are three basic types. In any case, I'll let Mrs Rothwell-Wood do the talking, who along with Mrs Kavanagh and a number of willing Sixth Formers gave up their time to encourage Year 11 to maximise their revision strategies.

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Read Sixth Formers share their revision experiences with their younger peers

Year 11 study skills - by Mrs Rothwell Wood

To assist Year 11 in their exam GCSE revision they attended a study session in order to find out what learning style best suited them.  

Out of the 25 pupils taking part, 12 of them were Kinaesthetic learners. They learn best when they discover things by doing them. These type of learners enjoy discussion; talking about what they’ve done is often a great way to consolidate what they have learnt. They can learn by using flash cards and using plenty of examples when writing study notes.  Many main points and concepts can be demonstrated with examples. Kinaesthetic learners tend to make better associations with the examples rather than just the plain facts.

Ten of our Year 11 pupils were visual learners, those who learn best through what they see. They were advised to use graphical ways to represent what they are studying. They prefer it when information is represented in diagrams or graphs. Teaching at most schools is predominantly based on visual learning – a great advantage for the ten visual learners.

Only 3 pupils were auditory learners; as the name suggests, auditory learners learn best while they are actively listening. Auditory learners find conventional study practices, such as making notes directly from a textbook, not terribly effective. They much prefer to ingest information through audio or video clips, or by discussing a topic.

Researchers have shown that pupils perform better on tests and in exams if they use study techniques tailored to their own personal style of learning. The idea was, that by finding out what learning style they were would help them utilise the study techniques associated with this learning style.  The key to the success of many pupils is to get organised so we will be helping them make a revision timetable.


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