ELA 5: How to Study

Did you know there are different types of learners? What type of learner are you? If you're the kind that reads entire video descriptions before watching a video, then...you're probably a pretty good one.

5th GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School5th Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

00:17

Plagues, wasps, poison oak… [Man with a green face, a wasp and a poison oak leaf appear]

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Seriously, so many things.

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So that means that studying ain't that bad!

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Sure, it can take hours of time, and you're generally alone… [A clocking ticking fast]

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…but better to study alone than with a plague-ridden wasp covered in poison oak, right? [Green wasp covered in leaves flies past]

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But studying doesn't need to be a total drag. [Kid reading giant math book]

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Before you get too deep into your studying, it's a good idea to know what kind of learner

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you are.

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There are four main types: verbal, visual, logical, and physical. [Coop pointing at a blackboard]

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Verbal learners learn best through reading…

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…writing…

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…and speaking.

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Though preferably not all at the same time…that sounds pretty confusing. [Man reading whilst speaking and writing]

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Visual learners get the most out of visual stuff, like graphics or visual aids. [Arrow points to a girls eyes]

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A big pile of numbers won't do much for them… [The girl is crushed by the pile of numbers]

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…but turn that data into a graph, and they'll be your best friend for life. [Woman looking happy holding a graph]

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Logical learners are focused on understanding the "why"s and "how"s of things.

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They're the Sherlock Holmeses of study halls. [Man looking through a science book with a magnifying glass]

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Physical learners, as their name suggests, learn through physical engagement.

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That might mean role-playing, or building something with clay… [Two kids wearing costumes]

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…basically, anything to get them out of that dreaded motionless chair.

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If you know your learning style, it's a lot easier to shape your studying so that it fits

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your style.

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The default way of studying – that is, reading a whole bunch of stuff– is geared to verbal [Man with a pile of books in front of him]

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learners.

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Some people have all the luck… [A rainbow appears with a pot of gold at the end]

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That said, no matter what your learning style happens to be, you can tailor your studying

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to fit it like a glove!

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For example, if you're a visual learner, try to rearrange some of the information you're

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studying into a graph. [Woman drawing a graph on a whiteboard]

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You'll not only retain more information, but you'll also get a free graph, and who'd say

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no to that?

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It's also a good idea to know whether you study best alone or in groups. [Students doing group work in a library]

01:45

Although some people love studying with others, some people prefer the lone-wolf approach. [Boy sat on his own studying]

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And that's fine with us.

01:51

All that howling gets distracting after a while… [Wolf howling at the moon]

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No matter what learning style you gravitate towards, there are a whole bunch of general

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study rules that apply to everyone: be prepared, don't cram, organize your time, don't get

02:01

distracted, and be refreshed.

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In short, if you start studying early, and keep a good sense of control over your time [Girl looking happy while she writes notes]

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and your attention, studying doesn't have to be that bad. [Clock with a smile appears]

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Even if you're studying with this guy…

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…maybe you could take him to the doctor or something…. [Green wasp appears]