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Learning Styles

BBC Programs pride themselves on including a wide variety of study plan components and study methods to make sure you are ready for boards, but also to make sure the various learning styles get a chance to be utilized.

There are other factors that affect learning,  too: Cognitive, Emotional, and Environmental Factors.

Cognitive Factors

The two main cognitive styles influence learning preferences. Sequential learners thrive on step-by-step instructions and approaches while the global learners like to get the big picture first, then drill down into detail.  Sequential learners will love the step by step organization of the BBC Program Study Plans, while the global learners will enjoy many of the assignments that start "big," then on re-review drill down into further detail. The Session Prep questions, as found in all BBC Programs,  are particular favorite of global learners since they feature broad perspective questions that are later hammered out in detail.

Attention span, memory capacity and processing speed also shape the educational experience.

Exercise, sleep, down time, and good nutrition can support better cognitive function.

Emotional Factors

Emotional factors play a critical role in boards prep (or any educational) success. Motivation and confidence give students the tools to forge forward, to try new learning methods, and to have a "can do" attitude. Confidence is also crucial to successful exam performance, as those who have low self-esteem invariably will have a greater risk for test anxiety as well as poor testing hygiene (e.g., changing answers, etc). Mental health can also play a role in outcomes.

BBC Programs provide, on request, support and guidance regarding test taking skills, time management, test anxiety, and many other challenges.

Addressing depression or anxiety head-on, and gaining counseling for confidence and motivation issues, is always a good route to consider. Avoiding procrastination or skipping things can help to reduce anxiety on test day, too.

Environmental Factors

The environment in which you study must be conducive to concentration and learning. Noise, lack of or too much light, uncomfortable temperatures, and uncomfortable seating or desks all impair the learning process. Find a peaceful location, one with adequate light, appropriate temperature, and good seating and  space - without it, you will not absorb as much or retain as much.

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