There are four main ways we as humans learn; knowing the way you learn best can give you an optimum chance of success at your UCAT ANZ by tailoring your revision to your learning style.
One of these ideologies, created by psychologists and scientists, is VARK.
The VARK model consists of four learning styles:
Do you find working with documents which include images, easier to comprehend and memorise? Imagine such as graphs, diagrams and charts and pictures. While note-taking, revising and reading do you find yourself highlighting or underlining important concepts to aid your memory?
If so, you could be a visual learner.
Colour coordinating each of your subjects is usually a great aid for visual learners, creating posters, post-it notes, PowerPoint presentations for yourself and colourful revision flashcards are all great ways to enhance your revision time and experience.
Highlighter pens are a visual learners best friend; they are cheap to buy, come in all sorts of colours and make the points you need to memorise really standout.
Do you learn best from actively listening to your teachers, YouTube videos or in conversation about academic subjects? Do you constantly ask questions?
Yes? Then you may be an auditory learner.
Discussing a previous lesson or your last UCAT ANZ revision session with other students can really help auditory learners as they can re-listen to the retained information from other students while recalling their own retainment of knowledge, allowing for verbalisation aids the auditory learner’s memory. Therefore, enriching the whole learning experience.
It is a great idea to record lectures, ask permission first or even record yourself verbally revising and listen back to it, it all aids memory and optimises your revision.
Do you learn best from reading and then writing what you have just written? Do you love making lists and try to get every handout in classes possible?
You could well be a reading/writing learner.
A lot of reading/writing learners find rereading and rewriting the same piece of information, again and again, to really enhance their skills of remembering the information they need to require again and again.
Having a good supply of notebooks and pens and carrying one of each with you wherever you go is the way forward for this type of learner, as you will not miss any information needing to be recorded or any opportunity to reinforce points needing to be further improved upon for retainment.
Do you learn best from physically participating in tasks, experiencing certain topics and experiments such as those in your science classes? Or even just learning from other people’s real-life stories and recounts of particular situations such as a teacher recalling their own research?
Sound like you? You might be a kinaesthetic learner.
Using case studies and talking through them and your notes with other kinaesthetic learners, while incorporating illustrations to demonstrate your ideas and points, can all maximise your learning ability and retainment capacity.
The best action kinaesthetic learners can put into practice is applying everything they have learned, been directly taught and experienced from work, life and academia whilst actively engaging in activities such as drawing charts or diagrams with data gained to reinforce lessons learned and knowledge retained.
If you have read through all four of these learning styles and can relate to more than one, please do not worry, it is possible to have more than one style of learning.
However, this article focuses on your absolute optimum learning style of which will give you the best possible chance of acing your UCAT ANZ. If you find you have more than one learning style, think which one you benefit from the most and concentrate a lot more of your UCAT ANZ revision around that style rather than spreading out your revision between your different styles of learning.
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