We’re wrapping up our series of bar exam study tips for different learning styles. We’ve talked about memorization tips for visual learners and auditory learners. In this post, we focus on ways kinesthetic learners can enhance their studying. If you’re an kinesthetic learner, your brain processes material best by carrying out a physical activity. You’re often seen as a “hands-on” learner or “do-er.” Here are four techniques that help kinesthetic learners memorize material for the bar exam.
Use Hand Gestures While Studying
As a kinesthetic learner, you will retain information best by associating physical gestures with the studying. One technique is to close your eyes and use your finger to “write” the information you are memorizing in the air. At the same time, picture the words in your mind. Also try moving your finger along-side the words as you read or tracing the words as you write. These physical acts of your finger moving with the words will help your brain memorize better.
Engage in Physical Activity as You Study
The act of exercising or engaging in physical activity will help you memorize more bar exam material. Review flashcards and outlines while you use the stairmaster at the gym. Or listen to audio recordings of bar lectures or your own notes as you walk or run. Celebration Bar Review offers bar exam lectures you can download to your tablet, iPhone or iPod. The act of listening to the information as you engage in physical activity may help you memorize the information better. You may also want to invest in a stress ball that you can squeeze while studying since the physical act of engaging your hand will help your brain concentrate on studying.
Channel Your Inner Drama Queen or King
Physically acting out information is a great technique for kinesthetic learners. Take a concept or area of law and – as you study the information – engage in physical gestures such as skipping across the room or pretending to swing a baseball bat. You may also try creating scenarios or examples to go along with each concept. Mnemonics and songs may also be useful as you create scenarios to go with bar materials.
Flashcards are great study tools for kinesthetic learners. The physical act of writing out the cards and flipping them over engages the brain. They can also be reviewed as you walk around your home or backyard. You may want to try using materials such as Critical Pass Flashcards for bar exam-specific study tools.
See if any of these memorization tips enhance your memorization of material. You may be surprised at how much your brain can retain information simply by adapting your bar exam study methods to suit your kinesthetic style.
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