While trying to stimulate a learner to consider a body of evidence about a biological process, disease mechanism, or planned course of therapy, trying to pay attention to other sources of information are really counterproductive. I know that we all think we can multitask, that we study better when we have background media going on, or are surrounded by friends. Our brains are simply not built to really multitask, What we actually do is Rapid Sequential Tasking where we change our attentional focus from one thing to the next very quickly. The problem with this is that it does not allow our brains to really build connections in and among the information you are actually studying.
Key Point: Don’t watch TV, text, or yahoo chat while you study. Studying the same material in many different forms will make it easier to remember.
Individual Learning Styles
Individuals have various types of intelligence and show differences in the types of learning that they employ best. Embrace multiple learning styles to provide opportunities to more effectively reach all learners, to provide opportunities for positive feedback and successes, and to reinforce information with multimodal strategies, even for those who excel equally with all approaches.
Key Point: Find out what works best for you and study that way. However, it can still help to learn using different styles as well.
Doing is learning. And success at doing/learning builds confidence, as has been shown by recent neurobiological studies of human performance during episodic retrieval of remembered information.
Key Point: Get involved with free clinics, research, ect that allows you to use what you’re learning.
Revisiting Information/Concepts Through Multimedia/Sensory Processes
Multiple teaching approaches addressing the same information using different sensory processes are likely to enhance the learning process, potentially brining more neural hardware to bear to process and store information.
Key Point: Again, studying the same material in many different forms will make it easier to remember.