1000 Things You Should Know About Modern History by John Farndon

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This makes the work of Gardner helpful and potentially liberating for adult learners and, for all of the criticisms of his detractors, it is a useful starting point for discussions about how to get the most out of learning situations. He has developed a battery of tests that can help you to understand where your strengths lie. He also argues that not only does it benefit the learner to understand what strengths she has but also that as a society, and especially the educational establishment, we need to reappraise our understanding and categorization of intelligence to incorporate a much wider view.

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The downside of this way of learning is that you may find staring at stationary, silent images – such as pictures and texts – rather boring and difficult. This is a nuisance if your chosen path of study involves a lot of reading and examination of figures and diagrams. There are many ways that you can capitalize on your strengths. Try to use your own voice to help you to commit ideas and facts to memory – invest in an mp3 player or a tape recorder so that you can record yourself reading from notes or a text and then play it back to yourself like a lecture.

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