Understanding common patterns in how we learn, as well as developing an awareness of the aims, methods and approaches used within university teaching and learning, will aid you in being more efficient and effective in your own course learning and independent study.
Learning about the process of learning is empowering as a student as it provides essential insights and strategies better enabling you to excel academically. It can aid in developing effective study techniques, time management skills, and problem-solving abilities and in doing so enhance your overall assessment and academic performance. By understanding how you are being taught and how you learn best you can begin tailoring your approach to your module learning and the related independent study you undertake. The self-awareness gained not only facilitates success within university but can also prepare you for future challenges in a increasingly complex and evolving job markets where the ability to engage in continuous learning and adapt your learning approaches is a valuable asset for career development.
Learning a little about a few key theories of learning sooner rather than later in your academic studies can be a shrewd and tactical investment of time and energies. It will aid in developing a self-aware approach to your abilities as an academic learner coupled with a greater insight regarding your own learning preferences - the approaches to learning and independent study that work best for you and as an aspect of that, your strengths to build upon and weaknesses to address.
The primary aim is to more effectively align your learning with your wider course objectives with a view to achieving them as with your own aims and ambitions. This does not mean spending significant time studying theoretical models of learning and teaching in great depth at the expense of other key priorities. By acquiring a basic practical 'working' awareness of the central ideas covered in this guide (many of which overlap and influence one another), you can quickly learn to recognise the common principles of learning being applied in the learning and assessment processes you encounter on your course.
Learning styles - A succinct guide to different styles or approaches to learning, have a read to see which of them are familiar to you.
Notemaking For an overview of the different techniques involved in making notes, see our helpful guide.
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