With the Semester 2 Break in full swing, learning might be the last thing on your mind, but as in life, there are opportunities to learn presented to us everyday, and as you decide when ( and even whether ) to purchase your textbooks for Semester 2, the type of learning style that you adopt can help you make decisions about what sort of resources can best help you through your studies.
What is Learning Style?
When we talk about Learning ‘style” we are talking about the way in which individuals absorb, process and understand information. This can vary widely from student to student. Albert Einstein famously said: “Everyone is a genius. But you if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” Fish may not be able to climb trees but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn about trees. Or climbing. At the end of day ability comes in all shapes and sizes, and knowing how best to learn can optimise your learning experience.
Types of Learning Styles
There are four main types of learning styles: visual, auditory, read-write and kinaesthetic. Essentially, while students might learn using a variety of these models, there is generally one method that is usually dominant.
Visual learners tend to retain and understand information best when they see something, and learn best when knowledge is accompanied by pictures, diagrams, films, videos or demonstrations. Visual learners generally remember what they see rather than hear. They tend to like art rather than music and sometimes tune out when trying to pay attention. Visual learners would benefit from taking written notes in class, using colours to highlight important points, and pay attention to diagrams, charts and pictures in text books.
Auditory learners tend to learn best from spoken word either through lectures or other students. They tend to like hearing someone explain and explaining to others. The also tend to enjoy music rather than art. Auditory learners would benefit from studying in groups, saying things aloud to retain information and listen to podcasts of lectures.
Read Write Learners
Reading/Writing learners are most at home with written material. They comprehend and remember what they read, and they often enjoy writing. Most traditional university are designed with these types of learners in mind. They will benefit from taking notes in most classes and reading them as a method for study.
Kinaesthetic or active learners prefer to being involved and in some cases have a physical element to their learning activities. They need to apply the information and make it their own by constructing something or practising a technique or skill. They will memorise by walking and seeing and often prefer hands on activities and group interaction. These type of learners can enhance their learning by applying it or transforming it to another form. They will also do well in study groups and relating facts and theories to their own experience.
Do you know what type of learner you are? Take our quiz next week to find out!
The break is here, ( or almost) and there’s a few things we think you might need, so we’ve put together a list for you. Make sure you pop in before you head off and grab one of these essentials to get you through. We're open all through the break.
1.CDU Gym shirt
Now that you have more time (hopefully) during the break, we hope you’ll make time to get active. And, you’ll definitely need some new active threads. Hot of the presses, our brand new racer back gym singlets are cool, comfortable and guaranteed to turn heads on the track, on the treads, on the floor, or just shooting the breeze.
2. CDU Cooling Towel.
And, if you’re getting warmed up with your new physical activity regime, you’ll need a colourful cooling towel to cool you down. Also new in-store, our cooling towel comes in a range of colours and at just $8.95, is a great catch.
3. CDU Hoodie
Many of you might be heading off to cooler climes this break or at least enjoying the recent run of cool Top End Dry Season weather. Keep warm with one of these ultra comfortable fair trade CDU hoodies.
4. CDU scarf and Beanie.
5. Good Read 1: The Sellout.
Check out our recent review of this. It’s a seriously good read.
6. Good Read 2: Tour de Oz .
It’s Time. Just do it. You’ll feel better.
8. New CDU pen.
For writing, thinking thoughts feelings and that next big idea. It’s new and it looks heaps classy. In a choice of blue steel or limited edition bamboo.
9. CDU Tote.
For putting all your semester break essentials in of course!
As a busy, cash strapped and time strapped student, you might find it difficult to schedule time and /or resources to engage in physical activity. But did you know that regular exercise and physical activity can actually help you become a better student?
Exercise has been almost conclusively proven to be the most effective way to improve memory and attention. We know that people who exercise are 50% less likely to develop dementia. The reason for this is surprising but simple: When we exercise vigorously new cells are actually formed in our brain. This effect is further strengthened and reinforced when you use your brain just after exrercising. So ig you hit the gym, or go for a run,and then sit down to study you are much more likely to retain information permanently.
A recent study performed at the University ofof British Columbia also determined that regular aerobic exercise ( the one that gets your heart pumping) appears to actually increase the size of your hippocampus the part of your brain responsible for learning. This becomes more active during vigorous exercise and like a muscle when you use it a lot, it strengthens and enlarges.
If you go for a walk to clear your head after a day hitting the books, you might find that you feel more clear headed. This is not just an arbitrary or imaginary sensation. A lot of the reason for this has to do with blood flow. Research has shown that when we exercise, more blood flows everywhere in our bodies, including our brains. More blood means more energy and more oxygen which makes our brain perform better.
Exercise can alos improve your overall emotional well being. The well documented rush of endorphins that exercise produces floods your bloodstream although it is unclear just how much of this reaches your brain. It can also trigger off the endocannabinoid system which enhances pleasurable receptors and reduces pain feeling receptors. There is also strong evidence that regular exercise can help those who suffer from depression and anxiety and while more research is needed in his area, it is becoming increasingly recognised as an alternative or complementary treatment to antidepressants and other medication.
Exercise may also boost your creativity levels by enhancing cognitive ability and assisting with the brains capacity to problem solve creatively. More research is needed as to why and how this happens, but hey, it can’t hurt, right?
Whether you love it or hate it, the evidence is difficult to ignore. Regular exercise can give you a critical in your learning efficacy. So hit the gym, hit the field or simply hit the pavement. Your brain will love you for it! And if you can’t find the motivation, perhaps winning a CDU Gym membership will do ti. Check out our June competition and get your fitness on with our new CDU Gym range.
Northern Territory Sea Food
This locally produced books is a celebration of an area that produces some of the best seafood in the world, an area that is right in our own backyard. With fascinating stories, stunning photographs from some of the more remote corners of our own backyard and some delicious seafood-y recipes
Gift Wrapping and Cards
And to wrap it all it up, we’ve got a great range of bespoke gift cards and gift wrappignin beautiful designs.
Mother’s Day all wrapped up.
Balance is a concept that has been written about at length, by authors of wellness and lifestyle blogs. It seems to be that magical, mythic al holy grail that we all strive for. If you have it it can help you find health, happiness, wealth and missing laundry socks. But what is it really? Why is it important? And, is it even possible when you’re juggling work, study, family and missing socks crises?
What is balance?
Balance can be defined differently in different contexts, but in a broader “ life” concept we can use the definition that it is a situation in which different elements are equal or in the correct positions. Using this definition, you can easily see why balance would be a good thing. In many Eastern medicine traditions, such as Traditional Chinese medicine balance is represented by yin and yang symbology and it is broadly believed that imbalance is responsible for many common modern ailments. When things are in balance we are operating at maximum effectiveness and efficiency, our relationships work well and provide emotional comfort and satisfaction, our health and general wellbeing tends to be pretty good, and life is generally pretty sweet. In theory.
How do We Achieve Balance?
So it seems this balance thing is pretty good right? So how do we reach it. That my friends, is the $64 million question. The answer may be unique and different to everyone, but one thing that can help you achieve balance is perspective. By putting your life and what you wish to achieve into perspective, you tend to gain insight into what is more and what is less important to you. While study and getting good marks are important, your time at university is only temporary, howevrr having good health and good relationships can last forever if payu attention to them so shouldn’t be cast aside or left to “ I’ll do that later” .
If Hunter S Thompson and Franz Kafka decided to go out for beers on a Tuesday afternoon and after some messed up shenanigans and much liquor decided to write a book together, The Sellout would be it.
The narrator of this story has no first name and the surname Me. After a disturbing childhood where his activist father abused him, and used him as a psychological guinea pig, the reader is taken on a winding and almost nonsensical journey back to our protagonist’s childhood home.
The plot, in so far as there is one, revolves around Me's refusal to accept the removal of his neighbourhood from the map of Los Angeles, and from history. His determination to restore it leads him, among other things, to reinstate slavery and segregate the local high school, although it takes some time to get this point after a bizarre opening scene of Me in the Supreme Court which eventually links us to the reason he is there in the first place.
Abusrdity and provocation, wrapped up in satire, the book is a modern day dictum on race relations, and while Me’s actions to reinstate his home town Dickens are “out there” and somewhat shocking, there is a definitive air of good nature and good intentions.
The Sellout won author Paul Beatty the 2016 Man Booker Prize and it’s easy to see why. It is a beautifully crafted and intricate work that pulls no punches in challenging the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the father-son relationship. It brings out the big guns and takes a firm aim at racism and what it has done to black Americans, and there is no way the reader may shy away from it. Indeed it welcomes and even encourages our discomfort.
Overall, The Sellout will not be everyone’s cup of tea. But if you’re after a read that challenges, makes you laugh, makes you cry and makes you think, you will enjoy this immensely.
This Recipe is super easy, super yummy and you can always add extra veggies to it to make it healthier