When you go through the learning process, you’ll find you pick things up more easily depending on how they’re presented. Sometimes you learn in a combination of ways, but for most of us there’s a method that works best. Of the three methods below, focus on the one that does it for you, so you can learn as effectively as possible.
For the most effective learning, you’ll probably have to use elements of more than one method though.
Seeing or reading
- Make your own flash cards containing key information.
- Draw up a planner or chart, maybe using colour coding.
- Make plenty of notes to guide yourself through the learning process.
- Watch online resources such as video clips or pages of information.
- Read (and re-read) as many key books as you can find. Start with the Highway Code.
Set yourself a schedule with deadlines – then make sure you stick to those deadlines. If you don’t, your learning process may just keep dragging on.
- Listen as an instructor or tutor guides you.
- Talk yourself through whatever it is you’re learning.
- Buy a dictaphone so you can record yourself speaking, then play it back.
- Listen to online videos, taking in the soundtrack as you go along.
- Practise doing things as much as possible, ideally with your instructor.
- Continue this practise with a parent or friend.
- Set up some short study sessions with someone, so you can continue to practise.
- Watch what your instructor does, and copy them afterwards.
Use mnemonics to help remember stuff. These are sayings, stories or techniques that you use to remember things that would otherwise be hard to remember. For example, the five key ingredients for safe driving spell COAST: Concentration, Observation, Anticipation, Space, Time.