Different kinds of knowledge are easiest understood through different 'intelligences' or learning styles. We also all have multiple ways of effectively conceptualising, recalling and communicating information. Using more than one way to understand or remember information can help you to make better notes, revise better, and strategise how to tackle difficult concepts.
Sometimes diagrams, maps and concept maps are helpful; sometimes writing something out in full sentences is the best way; sometimes you want to talk it through; sometimes you actually need to practice doing a task practically. Think about it, and use that technique in your note taking, revision or research phase, rather than just typing up your notes neatly.
We think in several other 'symbol systems' besides language.Oddleifson, 1995
... As Martha Graham said, 'If I could say it, I wouldn't have to dance it.'
Once you identify the differences between styles, take advantage of each style's strengths.
Here's a list of questions to help identify what each style is useful for.
Questions derived from Gardener (1995), in Rhoden and Starkey (1998), Fleming and Mills (1992).
- Howard Gardner, 'Reflections on Multiple Intelligences' in Phi Delta Kappan 1995, 77.3, 200-8.
- Clare Rhoden and Robyn Starkey, Studying science at university : everything you need to know (Allen & Unwin, 1998).
- Neil D Fleming and Colleen Mills, 'Not Another Inventory, Rather a Catalyst for Reflection', To Improve the Academy, 11 (1992). 137-47.