Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Powerful Academic Recipe You Were Never Taught In School: Learning How To Learn Effectively!

A Powerful Academic Recipe You Were Never Taught In School: Learning How To Learn Effectively!

There are several forms of knowledge which the university will never teach you. Among these multifarious forms of knowledge is "learning how to learn Effectively". So many students go to the university without knowing how to learn effectively. Oblivious to them is the fact that there are several forms of learning. While this is true, it is however imperative to note that according to a particular study, there is no preferred form of learning. Learning is hugely based upon meaning. Yes, you heard right "meaning". The crux of learning is grossly depended upon the conveyance of meaning. You have learned nothing until the brain understands the meaning and significance of what you have learned. This readily explains why many students graduate from the university without having an import of the course they have studied.  
You have learned nothing until the brain understands the meaning and significance of what you have learned
With reference to the aforementioned, you can adopt any of the forms of learning and still have an optimal result. So adopting all the forms is advantageous to help you phantom meaning and reason about what you are studying. Explained below are the three major forms of learning and how you can effectively use them.

1. Visual Learning

This is a form of learning in which the learner uses charts, graphs, maps, video watching or demonstration, and utilizing words and phrases to evoke a visual meaning. To effectively avail yourself of this learning technique take note of the following:

  • Write down annotations in the margins of what you are reading. That is place comments about a particular diagram or text of what you are reading by the side or below the page you are in.
  • Circle, underline or highlight unknown words to look up in a dictionary, or main ideas so that you can easily recall information from assigned readings
  • Translate ideas from what you are reading into diagrams, drawings or flowcharts. This is very useful in helping one map out difficult textual concepts.
  • Assign different colours of your choice to identify PIE (P-Point, I-Illustration, E-Explanation). This will help you recognize the structure of your paragraph. For example you can assign colours green for points, yellow for illustration, and red for explanations.   

2. Auditory Learning

In this form of learning, the learner learns by listening. So the learner must be able to hear what is been said by the tutor. This learning form may warrant the learner to read out what is to be learned from the text. To effectively utilize this form of learning, be sure to do the following:

  • Read out loud specific concepts from your readings. Especially those that appear difficult. This is very useful for revision, grammatical mistakes and other editing issues.
  • Engage yourself in discussing with other people "out loud" about certain concepts you are reading about or writing about. While doing this, write an outline and consider ways to structure your ideas with someone else.
  • You can also record class lectures and listen to them at home. 
  • If the text you are reading has an audiobook, read along as you listen to the audiobook, and write down ideas. 

3. Kinesthetic Learning

In this form of learning which can also be referred to as "tactile learning", the learner carries out physical activities in place of listening to or watching a lecture demonstration. This form of learning requires the use of the whole body movement to process new and difficult information. Practice and observe the following in order to ensure effectiveness in using this learning form:
  • Underline or highlight points in the book you are reading. Upon which you draw graphs, diagrams and maps to help you have a smooth understanding of what you are reading.
  • Develop active ways to convey your ideas. You could post parts some thoughtful concepts on the wall of your room and walk around as you read them. The advantage of this process is that it can help you become creative in devising novel ideas and concepts about what you are studying.
  • Stay focused on the task at hand. In other words carry out each activity one after the other. Consequently, you may want to distinguish between writing and researching and discussing with a colleague about your work.
  • Playing a nice background music with no words while reading and writing may help leave your mind opened to learning. I have discussed how listening to a background music could help stimulate the brain to retain information while studying in a post titled "helpful techniques to boost your brain memory". 
In conclusion, always remember that there are no preferred form of learning. You can integrate the three learning forms to maximize your potentials.


  1. "Always remember that there are no preferred form of learning"
    Being flexible is the key
    Well put!

  2. Yes,you need to get it right if it will be said that your have learnt something in school

  3. This is brilliant. I hope most students will pick something from this write up.