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Are you working towards an important exam? We're here to help with a series of videos that pick out some top tips for studying and taking exams.

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Exam skills: 3 top tips about learning styles

What's your learning style?

We all have a learning style which we feel most familiar with. However, by examining this style, we can often find ways of making learning more effective.

Learn three top tips to help you understand your learning style. Then test your understanding in our quiz.

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Rob
We all have a learning style which we feel most familiar with. However, by examining this style, we can often find ways of making learning more effective. Have you ever thought about what your preferred learning style may be? When you last learned something, either formally or informally, did you enjoy and benefit from the experience? If not, why didn't you enjoy it? How could you improve your learning experience? Maybe you're someone who feels you must see and write down what you are trying to learn before you remember it –  or maybe you're someone who quietly absorbs information? Do you always need a teacher to hold your hand as you learn? Let's hear about some learners' experiences…

Student 1
I like to be in a relaxed, informal environment - a small mixed group.

Student 2
I like to feel that I can ask the teacher to repeat explanations or words without any feeling of anxiety or that I have failed or am irritating the teacher.

Rob
Working in a small group or asking a teacher to repeat explanations help those students learn. Now think about how you learn best… Admit you have a learning style and think about how you can develop this. Identify your learning style or styles. Take a risk – try another style, it may work better for you! Learning effectively puts you on the right path to exam success. Good luck with your studies.

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3 top tips about learning styles - summary 

1. Admit you have a learning style

2. Identify your learning style – can it be improved?

3. Take a risk - try a different learning style

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So what did you discover? Find out by taking our test…

Learning strategies – what should you do?

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You can get more tips about learning styles on this BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/keyskills/extra/module1/1.shtml

Have you got any tips about learning strategies that you can share with us? Please email them to us at bbclearningenglish@bbc.co.uk – we will post the best ones here and on our Facebook page.

Your tips

Lily in Japan says:
I never study with friends.
First I go to library at school to correct books which help my assignment.
And then go home, be in my room and study by myself with those books.
Dont forget to read them "ALOUD".
Next I ask teachers about things I didnt understand to make them clear.
then have a test or exams.
Reading something aloud is a good way to understand and it is already proven scientificaly.
Hope it'll help people a lot.

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Sesión de vocabulario

  • informally
    not officially

    absorb
    (here) gradually understand new things

    anxiety
    state of being nervous or worried 

    irritating
    annoying