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Adolescent Learning Strategies

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I believe that every individual responds to learning in different ways and retains, develops and applies knowledge and information using methods that are specific to them and their abilities. I believe that these strategies evolve from personal development and are preferences that have emerged from previous success. Although, whilst we might prefer to be taught or to learn in a specific style I do not think students are unreceptive to other methods and if information can be presented in a variety of forms, is relevant and engaging, any person, of any ability will be able to learn. However, this idea has been debated on numerous occasions, and psychologists and professionals continually disagree over the relevance and need to identify and categorise pupils into special learning styles, arguing that if teachers can apply the right models to the right students they will produce more effective results. I believe though, that adolescents will learn by using the strategies presented to them during lessons, and if a teacher can replicate the necessary information in several forms, whether that be visually, orally, demonstrated or written the chances of retention are increased. Nevertheless, it is apparent thought that specific students will need more individual strategies to learn than others and if their specific styles can be identified and utilized we will be ensuring that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential.

Carol Dweck is one such psychologist and her theories and research have suggested that people conform to one of two mindsets and that it is these states of mind that can have profound effects on an adolescents’ ability to learn. A fixed mindset is the belief that intelligence is inherent and that our achieve...

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