Work Smarter, Not Harder!
I often get asked by students in my Biology 12
class how they can improve their marks on the tests and examination
that they write. They sometimes tell me how long they have studied
and I am shocked to find out the amount of time they have spent on
learning the material.
When I ask them how they learn the work, they give
me different responses. Some students say they read the material
over and over again, some say they write down the important words
and others say they tape the important concepts and listen to this
many times. After that I ask them what their individual learning
style is and I get confused looks.
For that reason, I do the Barsch Learning Style
Inventory with them so they can find out their own learning style.
This quick inventory asks a few questions and the student chooses
the responses as honestly as possible. Then the student finds out
his/her own learning style: visual (by reading), auditory (by
listening) or kinesthetic (moving while learning).
For some students, the score will be obviously in
favor of one learning style, but at other times the score could be
equally split favoring two learning styles. What I really like about
this learning style inventory is that once you have discovered the
type of learner you are, you are provided with strategies you can
use to improve the effectiveness of your study.
- color code notes with a highlighter or use colored pens/pencils
Learner - use of audio tapes or cds
Learner - using a computer
Please click on the following link to find out
your personal learning style and the strategies you can use to
maximize your learning potential.
I hope that you end up working smarter, not
The Barsch Inventory