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How to study and revise your notes according to your profile?

Tips for students 10 May 2021

Have you ever felt discouraged by an unsatisfactory grade after spending a lot of time revising for the exam? 👎🏼 Did you then ask yourself if your study method was effective?

Find THE right method is not easy… But, don’t panic, we are here to help you find YOUR revision method according to your profile with Marie-Christine Lefebvre, trainer in innovative teaching methods and founder of the Amifor® training centre. We will also share tailor-made advice on how to make the most of SCRIBZEE, the app for managing your handwritten notes. 👇🏼

What are multiple intelligences?

The theory of “multiple intelligences” is a teaching approach known and used by teachers who are aware of the differentiated learning profiles of their students. 🙋🏽♂

It was developed by Howard Earl Gardner, an American developmental psychologist. His book containing his theory on “multiple intelligences” is a bestseller and strongly influences educational circles. He also received the Grawemeyer Award in the Education category in 1990.

According to this American psychologist, there are 8 forms of intelligence and everyone is endowed with them, like strengths and weaknesses.

Knowing your “bouquet of intelligences” as well as your “strong” and “weak” intelligences should allow you to use your brain better for learning, understanding, memorising, and reasoning.

Your strong intelligences allow you to rely on techniques and tools that will benefit you. Your weak intelligences can be worked on once you have detected them. 🔎

These predominant intelligences can be detected by your teachers via observation grids or in the form of tests. Knowing your bouquet of intelligences means knowing yourself to work on your lessons better. 📚

What is your profile? Find out.

Would you like to know your profile? You have two options:

1) Take the test created by Amifor®

This is the best way to find out what your “major intelligences” are.

For each proposition, select the answer that fits you best between “Yes really”, “A little” and “Not really”. Be as honest as possible.

At the end of the test, count the number of symbols corresponding to your answers and identify the one or two learning profiles for which you have the most symbols.

2) Read the descriptions of the profiles and find the one that suits you best:

• Interpersonal? 👫

You like to work in a team or in pairs. You can understand others and you communicate easily with them. Asking for explanations and sharing with others about your lessons is important to you, both to help them solve their problems and to help you learn your lessons.

• Intrapersonal? 👨🎓

In contrast to an interpersonal profile, you like to work alone, and you like be alone, in your bedroom for example. You like to evaluate yourself on everything you undertake: it helps you to progress. You can easily understand yourself in order to progress.

• Logical-mathematical? 📐

Learning with assumptions is for you THE technique to memorise your lessons. You associate situations from your daily life with notions from your lessons in order to better remember them. Deductions and abstractions are essential for you to master a lesson.

• Linguistic-Verbal? 🗨️

Your lecture notes are dense. Indeed, you like to take a lot of notes in order to retain as much information as possible. To remember your lessons well, you need the sentences to be clear and well-constructed in writing as well as in your mind.

• Visual-spatial? 👀

You like to use diagrams as well as illustrations to help you learn your lessons. Your notes are harmonious: you decorate them with highlighters, or with small drawings, for example. Colour coding is essential for you.

• Bodily-kinaesthetic? 👋

Sitting behind your desk, staying still, revising your lessons is an unpleasant experience for you. You need to move around to assimilate your lessons. Learning your lessons easily resembles a theatre performance and you express yourself with your hands.

• Naturalistic? 🍃

Working outside is not a problem for you, ambient noise does not bother you. You have a great sense of observation and you know how to classify information of the same type naturally, which makes you someone who is organised and rigorous, in general.

• Musical-rhythmic? 🎼

Working to music does not harm your concentration or memory. It even tends to relax you. Choosing a piece of music according to the lesson you are studying even helps you to study. Sometimes, you can even use music to learn lessons to its rhythm.

 

So, did you recognise yourself in one or more of these profiles? What are your strong intelligences? 💪🏼 It is possible that you find yourself in two of them. In this case, in the next part, refer to both your profiles.

How to adapt your studies/revision to your profile?

• Interpersonal: 👫

Being surrounded by people during your revisions is key and you benefit from it. Go to the library to work in groups, share your lessons with peers to feed off your friends’ thoughts.

With the free SCRIBZEE app, scan your lesson notes and share them in high definition with your classmates.

• Intrapersonal: 👨🎓

Your revision sessions alone are a strength for you: test yourself, create quizzes for yourself while tracking your progress. Regularly draw up a list of your strengths and weaknesses on your lessons to work more effectively. 💪

Thanks to the previously scanned FLASH 2.0 OXFORD flashcards, test your knowledge using the QUIZ mode of the SCRIBZEE mobile application.

• Logical-mathematical: 📐

Use a mind map: it will allow you to visualise your lesson through links. Looking for causes and consequences on a topic will help you memorise it more easily. Don’t hesitate to work in the form of an investigation, as if you had to solve a riddle around a given topic 🕵️

Scan your mind map with SCRIBZEE and add pictures like your teacher’s whiteboard to feed your investigation. Keep your notes with you and access them on your phone, when you need them, wherever you are thanks to the secure cloud. ☁️

• Linguistic verbal: 🗨️

Read back through your lessons and extract key words: they will help you to memorise. Create stories around your lessons, illustrate your lessons with words: you will better remember them. 📖

Scan your cards and find them in a flash on the SCRIBZEE app thanks to the handwritten search tool capable of finding keywords written in the handwritten content of your notes. 🔍

• Visual-spatial: 👀

Just like a logical-mathematical profile, the mind map will be your best friend, so don’t be afraid to create diagrams of your lectures either. Link information together, using colours/highlighters to visualise briefly the type of connections between information. Use your ability to visualise situations, such as an oral or a test, to place yourself in different contexts and see how you react. ✏️

Thanks to the SCRIBZEE web app, you can now edit your scanned notes and add colours to the concepts you consider important 🌈

• Bodily-kinaesthetic: 👋

Make posters and display the information you need to remember all over: on your bedroom door, in your bathroom… Then move between the different posters. Walking will make you active and help you remember better just like writing keywords by hand.  🧠

With SCRIBZEE, you have all your notes at your fingertips. Revise anywhere: on a bench, standing on the bus, … 🚌

• Naturalistic: 🍃

Use your ability for filing information to place it in tables and prioritise it. This method helps you to memorise. Organising your lessons can be of any kind: by colour code, size, bullet points

With SCRIBZEE, file your notes as you see fit: by folder, sub-folder in the colour of your choice. 🌈

• Musical-rhythmic: 🎼

Pace your days and you’ll feel great. Time scheduling, rereading your lessons with intonations or on a musical rhythm will help you memorise them well. Creating your own lyrics to memorise concepts, important dates can also be the solution 🎶

Having your notes at your fingertips with SCRIBZEE will allow you to listen to music on your smartphone while reading your lessons on the app. 📱

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