What are methods of learning?
There are many different methods of learning. At Study Politics, we understand that people learn using a range of different techniques. Some people enjoy listening to podcasts, while others enjoy writing out notes, and some like to teach others about what they have learned.
This comprehensive guide will explore the different methods of learning, how Study Politics creates resources to utilise them, and allow you to explore how you learn.
Reading and writing
This is the method that most students are used to, and is most commonly used. This involves reading and processing information, and sometimes translating this into your own text. A Level Politics students are encouraged to use their textbooks to read and make notes on a range of topics.
Study Politics approaches reading and writing learning from a different angle. Student engagement is vital, and keeping information direct and to-the-point allows students to understand core information quickly. Furthermore, our attention spans are decreasing, and using textbooks and long articles are not efficient in allowing students to learn by reading and writing.
At Study Politics, our Course Notes are split into different lessons, each taking no longer than 5 minutes to read. Furthermore, we have a range of reading resources in different formats, such as summary grids and case studies.
Visual learners enjoy images, graphics and videos to learn. This is becoming one of the more popular methods of learning, as people watch short-form informational videos on YouTube, TikTok and other sites.
Study Politics has a new range of video lessons, which allow students to view engaging informational videos that come to life, with on-screen quizzes and graphical content.
Auditory learners are those that enjoy learning by listening, which can include podcasts and radio shows. Students may also play audio in the background while they take notes at the same time, which can help to combine both auditory and writing methods of learning.
Audio notes for A Level Politics are being released by Study Politics, and we are working on bringing the whole specification to your ears so you can learn wherever you are. This will allow students to engage with one of the most important methods of learning.
Kinesthetic learners are those that learn through immersion. This could include acting something out, or more commonly, teaching others about what you have learned. By passing on knowledge you have read, listened to or watched, you are able to process the information more thoroughly. Furthermore, if you have a conversation about something you have learned, you can get a range of opinions from friends and family. A range of points and opinions is a vital part of crafting an argument necessary in the essays for A Level Politics.
Throughout the lessons on Study Politics, students are asked questions to consider, and given debate boxes which outline the pros and cons of different political debates. Take these debates to your friends and family, and have a discussion about which side you think is best! This will allow you to engage in kinesthetic learning hands on.
How do I find out my favourite methods of learning?
Many people don’t just suit one learning type; instead the best thing to do is to try a range of different methods of learning, and use them interchangeably. If there is a specific topic you are struggling with, try watching a video or listening to audio notes, making some notes of your own, and then discussing this with your friends or family to take advantage of all of these methods. Each learner is unique, so try different methods out and see what works.
Remember, all of these features are available to Study Politics members, so if you’re not already signed up, become a member today to take advantage of these different learning types!