"The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education."
 Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Learning to Learn 


1. Visit this link to know how to learn (chemistry) effectively:

Learning is not instinctive - learn how to learn.

2. Knowing how you prefer to learn may help you learn effectively. It may help you develop coping strategies to compensate for your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths. What are learning styles? Check out the link below:

a. Felder & Soloman's Learning Style

b. VAK or MI (Visua Auditory Tactual/Kinaesthetic (VAK) or Multiple Intelligence (MI))

What is your preferred learning style? Find out your preferred learning style through the questionnaire or test below.

a. Felder & Soloman's Learning Style Questionnaire or

b. Learning Style Test (VAK)

c. Multiple Intelligence Inventory (MI)

Basically, the human brain is a great pattern-builder. It learns some basic stuff and then builds connections and "pathways" to build up ever more complicated patterns of understanding. We don't want to get into neurophysiology, though (what?). We just want to help you study better! (Yes!)

Here's one example of a basic difference between people's learning styles: whether they see "big picture" patterns more easily or tend to focus on "parts" or "units."

If you are a "big picture" person, you may skip over some paragraphs in a textbook chapter, for example, because you're going after the "big idea." If you're a "unit" person, you might get hung up on a hard paragraph and it spoils the whole chapter for you.

The "big picture" person has to learn how to make sure to go back and re-read those "skipped" paragraphs. The "unit" person has to learn to skip those tough paragraphs and come back to them later, once they've grasped the "big picture."

There are a lot of other differences, too. Some people focus on visual learning – they remember what they see. Other people's brains are good at remembering what they hear or speak. Still others are best at remembering things that are acted out.

When you study, try a few different ways of looking at the facts and skills you're supposed to be learning. See which way helps you learn most easily.

Source: © 2006 Education World

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