In part two of our exam season series, our experts pick the best revision apps for kinesthetic and reading/writing learners.
You’ve arranged the folders and bought new notebooks. You’ve ordered highlighters in myriad different colours and cleared the desk. The stage is set and the curtain is about to raise on… revision season.
Teens across the country are hitting their books to start the long slog towards GCSE and A-level exams. But stationery and self-motivation aside, there are other tools out there to help them, with different students responding better to different tools.
“Visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and reading/writing learners refer to different learning styles, which are hypothetical ways in which people like to process and retain information,” explains Maud Miller, an English specialist with Owl Tutors, a private tuition agency that provides qualified teachers for one-to-one support. “While there’s some debate among educators about how effective learning styles really are, it’s still useful to understand the general characteristics of each one.”
“Most people use a mix of these styles,” stresses Miller. “Research suggests focusing on techniques that work for most learners is more important than matching individual styles.” Even so, “supporters of learning styles believe that different learners might respond better to certain revision techniques based on their preferred learning style.”
In part one, we covered revision aids for visual and auditory learners. In this installment, we look at two very different learning styles.