Learning techniques

Everyone has a learning method that works best for them. By knowing what type of learner you are, you can improve your ongoing learning and revision strategies by using methods that are most effective for you. Take this short quiz to find your style and underneath there is more info on how to learn the way that suits you. Try a few of the methods that we suggest and see what works best for you!

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If you are a visual learner

Do you like colourful things?

Being a visual learner means you’re really good at remembering things through pictures and detailed notes, basically by looking at things. If you think this is you, here are some tips to help you get the most from your language learning:

  • Colour code: use a system that you understand to colour code work so your work is easier to learn when you look over it.
  • Make lists: create lists for new vocab and grammar that are neat and understandable, this will help you to remember things more easily.
  • Draw: when learning vocab for descriptive words and objects, draw a picture to go with the word. Often when you come to remember them in your head again you’ll be able to see your picture with the word written above it.

If you are an auditory learner

Do you remember what you hear?

This means that you learn things best by hearing them, not necessarily just your teacher’s voice but maybe your voice too! Here are a few pointers on how you can work on your language in an auditory style that suits you:

  • Read aloud: when you’re going over vocab or phrases, say them aloud to yourself. By saying and hearing them, your brain will associate the word with the sound and it'll stick in your mind.
  • Listen carefully to others: listening to others enhances your vocab and knowledge of the subject and you'll understand how to use that word in the right context.
  • Talk: discuss things with your friends and teacher. Chat about what you’ve been up to and most importantly, talk things through when you don’t understand something rather than trying to look the explanation up in a book.

If you are a kinesthetic learner

Do you learn by moving around?

It’s a big word, but it means that you like to learn through movement and interactive things, which is great when it comes to learning languages. Read through the tips to see how to learn languages in an interactive way that works for you:

  • Hand movements: make up hand movements to go with what you’re learning. If you are learning emotions, you could pull faces to remember how to say them all.
  • Acting: when learning mock-situations, like what to say when you go to the shop or when you're in a cafe, act it out like you're really there. Get a friend to act as the shopkeeper and you be the customer and then switch round! This comes in handy when practicing for your role play and oral exam.
  • Move around: when going through things at home, walk around while you do it. You may not find learning at a desk the best way so try sitting on the floor or sofa or tap your fingers in tune with the number of syllables in the word.