Studying Styles #2 Verbal Learning

The second article in our new series!

From visual learning and using our sense of sight to learn, we move onto the next sense, speech or voice. Once you’re done writing your notes, continually rewriting and revising them might become a chore. As such, consider using speech to alleviate and improve the efficiency of your studying routine.

There are a couple of ways you can do this:

1. Teach somebody you know

The classic teach the dog or teach someone else method is incredibly efficient at making you remember the content needed for the course. All you have to do is once you’re done studying attempt to teach the concept to your parents. By doing it with a person rather than your dog, you’ll be on the receiving end of questions that will test your understanding. This way you get the added benefit of being quizzed about the topic.

2. Recording and listening to your own voice

You know how by simply listening to a song a couple of times you can remember the lyrics to it? The same principles of memorisation can be applied to studying. All you have to do for this one is record yourself reading your notes out loud and then play it back to yourself at the gym, on the train or wherever. This way you can be making use of time that’s otherwise wasted, as well as being exposed to the material in a different form.

3. Using mnemonics or stories

Mnemonics or storytelling is another powerful form of memorisation. Stories are quite memorable and so remembering a story is so much easier than remembering how the Haber process works. Basically using the first letters of each key point in your notes, create a short phrase or story based around the first couple of words. Then all you have to do is remember the story and that will trigger you to remember the key points.

Verbal or speech learning is an incredibly useful method to memorising content as it allows you to ingest it in a different medium. This method should be used in addition to writing out your notes, or visually representing your notes.


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