Learning techniques

In another section you will have read about 'learning styles' and you may have decided that you are a visual learner, an auditory learner or a tactile/kinesthetic learner.

There are a number of learning techniques to help you study and you can determine the most useful for you, based on your learning style. A combination will probably work best.

Here a few suggestions to help you get started.

Flash Cards

Use Flash Cards (small cards) to record key points and information on different subjects and topics that can be looked over very quickly. Key points will stay in your memory as opposed to large pieces of information.

Mind maps

Pick any topic, e.g. an English novel, and from the core title map out on paper, the themes, characters and relevant information linked to it. By looking at something visually you can bring it back into your mind and down on paper much quicker than trying to write about it from scratch.


Sometimes the human mind can have a far easier time remembering personal, surprising, sexual, humorous or otherwise meaningful information than arbitrary sequences. Mnemonics rely on associations between easy-to-remember things which can be related back to the information that is to be remembered. For example, to remember the Order of taxonomy in biology:
(Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species) we can use
"Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach".

Recording your voice

If you're an auditory learner than perhaps recording yourself or a friend reading an essay or your notes will help you absorb the material more easily. Reading your notes out loud to yourself may be another option, although not recommended while you are in the library.

Physical association

If you're a kinesthetic learner, then associating information with a physical action may be helpful. For example tapping your finger will remind you of the geological ages. Keep the movements simple and discreet as the examiner won't thank you for your own aerobics show in the exam hall. Kinesthetic learners often find moving while learning helpful, so maybe take a walk around your room to help you retain that vital information.

The mental movie screen

Visual learners may find making up their own personal imaginative movie beneficial. As with the mnemonics it can be as lewd, outrageous and x-rated as you want, you're the only one seeing it after all! Play the movie over a few times and then recall it on exam day.