“That’s why some people have left school believing that they ‘couldn’t learn’ or ‘had a hopeless memory,’ says past principal and MD of the Memory Foundation, Gillian Eadie. ‘The way the information was presented in class may not have suited their preferred learning style.’
For most of us, our classes were what we now call ‘Chalk and Talk’. The teacher (the ‘authority’) told us what we were to do, wrote notes on the board and the pupils were to ‘learn’ them. This style of learning suited some students very well – but NOT those who were kinaesthetic learners.
Which Learning Style suits you best?
- visual (by seeing information)
- auditory (by hearing information)
- kinaesthetic (through physical activities, using patterns, colours, shapes and concrete examples)
If you are a kinaesthetic learner – and many of us are – your brain may not have been engaged in the processing you needed for new information to be encoded into your long-term memory.
Everyone Can Learn!
Graphic organizers come in all forms and shapes (some of you will know them as Mind Maps). The brain processing involved in creating these diagrams will encode the information and you will be amazed at the improvement in your recall.