I have been working in the field of education for the past 5 years. I can tell you that one hugely under utilized resource is to find out what kind of learner you are: visual, auditory, or kinesthetic.
Here is a great online quiz to find out which type of learner you are:
Once you find out what type or types of learner you are, try some of these unusual learning tips!
Color-code your notes or flash cards by topic (e.g. blue for mitosis and pink for meiosis)
Retype notes to review the information. Use lots of bold print, underlining, italics, highlighting, and bullet points to format important topics.
Audio-record class lectures to review and summarize them later
Read material out loud and practice verbal repetition to learn new words and concepts
After 30 years of tutoring special education children, I have decided that all academic problems are mine, not the students. Thus, I analyzed what has already been provided in detail to determine what does and does not work. For example, children have different learning styles that are not rigid, but flexible. Each of us may be good at a tactile sport but not efficient at a sport requiring gross motor skills. Or a student may read silently better than aloud, yet prefer to read aloud to younger siblings. Another child may draw a concept better than listening to a teacher's lecture. Learning by both visual and auditory processing may be best for others, who do not prefer writing. Tactile learners can use both visual and auditory means for success.
I was talking with a student about his needs who listened attentively, yet was not making progress. I switched to a visual approach, placing my directions on 3 x 5 cards...
Who is an Educational Therapist?
Children who benefit from combining their visual (perception), listening (or auditory perception) and tactile (fine-motor) abilities to practice, retain and recall for future tasks, usually do well with an professional educator. An educational therapist usually has a Master's in Education or Special Education from a well recognized college or university. Their experience includes visual-motor integration, auditory processing, and other perceptual skills. Short-term sequential memory, working memory, use of mnemonic and other strategies are combined with the best-evidenced reading, writing, and math programs, as well as all language-arts remediation and enhancement. A professional educational therapist may be a Board-Certified Educational Therapist by "The Association of Educational Therapists", for example. Many educational therapists have Ph.D.'s, and/or psychotherapy licenses. Thus, self-esteem and other emotionally-related difficulties...