Revision Ideas for Different Learners


A whole lot has been done recently about 'multiple intelligences' - the fact that different people learn in different ways.   If you want to have a bit of fun and identify YOUR personal learning strengths, go to



Once you have found out where your learning strengths lie, see if any of the following suggestions for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (= 'hands-on') learners might be of any use to you.


They have not been made up by me!   They come from a web-site written BY dyslexic pupils FOR dyslexic pupils, and they are strategies which have actually worked in helping teenagers with learning blocks manage to learn the work.


So I suspect that at least some of these ideas will be spot-on for you.


Once you have found your preferred learning style, then you can use it over and over again to give you that edge in your exam.




Revision Strategies


Visual Style

        Recopy notes in colours

        Visually organise or reorganise notes using columns, categories, outline forms, etc.

        Remember where information was located in visual field

        Create timelines, models, charts, grids, etc.

        Write/rewrite facts, formulas, notes on wall-hanging, bedsheet, poster for visual review at any time

        Facts, formulas, notes on index cards arranged/rearranged on wall, pin-board, floor, bed

        Use of colour-coded markers or cards for previous two above

        Use of visual mnemonics

        TV/video supplements important for understanding or remembering

        Use of "background" visual activity helps you to concentrate

        Use of highlighters

        Near memorisation of chapter/notes


Auditory Style

        Need to discuss concepts/facts/aspects with friend immediately after new learning

        Frequently does homework with friend(s) via telephone - seems to understand better and retain more

        Tape records lesson or notes for re-listening later

        Must say facts/formulas/information over and over to retain

        Simultaneous talking-walking studying

        Set information to rhyme, rhythm, or music to aid retention

        Aural Mnemonics

        Remember where information was located in auditory field (eg tagged to "who said that?")

        Use of different voices to study (like creating a script, or acting out a play)

        TV/video/radio supplements useful for obtaining information

        Prefer to listen without taking notes

        Prefer group discussion and/or study groups

        Use of background music helps you to concentrate

        Prefer quiet study environment


Kinaesthetic Style

        Copy notes over and over, apparently to make them neat or organised

        Must use white-out or start new page after several mistakes

        Prefers to take notes during lesson as an aid to concentration

        Must take notes, even when detailed outline is distributed

        Doodles while studying

        Must move about when studying

        Alternates sitting still and moving during homework/studying

        Simultaneous talking-walking, talking-exercising study, or walking-reading study

        Sometimes does all of previous two in one study session

        Move hands or feet for rhythm emphasis while studying

        Make charts, grids, timelines, diagrams (usually several times)

        Trace key words with finger, marker, hand

        Re-enact situations while studying

        Constructs things while studying (house of cards, blocks, etc.)

        Prefers learning by doing

        Frequently takes things apart, or "tinkers with things" for understanding

        Prefers on-site visits for understanding



And don't forget...


Bio-Behavioral Issues

        Physical posture during study/homework? Sit upright? Sprawl?

        Prefer sitting at a desk, floor, bed?

        Prefer putting papers for different subjects on tables, desk, dresser and walking to each different work area?

        Do best studying before dinner? after eating? how long after eating?

        Prefer to snack while studying?

        What kind of food helps you concentrate (regardless of when it is eaten)?

        Does exercise stimulate concentration? light or heavy workout?

        Does exercise tire you too much on a day needed for heavy studying?

        Do you study better at night? in the morning?

        Do you prefer to study in your room? at a library? in school?

        Do you prefer to study in isolation? in groups?


Emotional Issues

(Sometimes referred to as Management issues - concerns personality / maturation)

        Prefer to study from books, teachers' outlines - or your own material?

        Perform better under pressure?

        Prefer to get work done and then relax?

        Prefer night-before studying?

        Prefer daily cumulative review of notes

        Prefer mental organisation, planning?

        Prefer written or manipulative organisation, planning tools?

        Has good short-term memory?

        Remembers concepts but has trouble with details?

        Can cram just before a test?

        Needs to rest and relax just before a test?