Understanding your learning style will help you retain and process information more effectively. And it’s a big help in a Health & Community Services career where you will be helping others reach their potential.
Trouble is, it’s tricky to put individuals under a clear definition. There are a lot of theories around learning styles but everyone processes information differently. Good news, though – no matter how you learn, you can improve your capacity with a little concentration on the important things (and a bit of behind-the-scenes organisation).
We’ve compiled our top practical tips to improve learning capacity during your Diploma. If you find yourself struggling, reach out to our lecturers for a little extra help. That’s what they’re here for!
How To Improve Learning
1. Focus on what works for you
Some people prefer to sit at the front of class and take notes. Others will learn better in hands-on activities. Some will engage more actively in group discussions. Pay attention to your own learning style and work with your strengths.
2. Space out study time
Two 1-hour study sessions are more effective than a single 2-hour marathon. You can only retain so much information in one sitting, so it’s better to press pause when you start to feel fatigued. Which brings us to…
3. Take breaks
Short breaks (10 to 15 minutes every hour of study) have two advantages. First, they keep your brain from being exhausted. And second, letting your mind wander for a few minutes has been shown to help with problem solving.
4. Get organised early
Keep notes organised and collect all your materials (notebooks, pens, highlighters) before the semester starts. Developing good organisation habits makes it easy to review and retain information.
5. Find teaching opportunities
Teaching what you learn is one of the best ways to internalise new information. That’s why our courses include practical components in real-world Health & Community Services jobs to demonstrate what you know.
6. Start with the hard stuff
Getting the tough topics out of the way early while your brain is fresh and focussed means you are not preoccupied while you work through the rest of your study session.
7. Use your entire brain
Activating different regions of the brain stores information more effectively for later recall. Mix up how you process information – use audio cues, make charts and diagrams, write notes and talk about the topic.
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