The first part of this research is about the use of learning
strategies that are specifically taught to students e.g. the method
of loci, in order to perform verbal recall tasks and examining the
cognitive styles exhibited by the students in completing these
verbal learning tasks. The second part of this research focuses
upon the workings out or external representations that students use
to assist them in solving a variety of cognitive problems
including: analytic reasoning,verbal reasoning, spatial, and
mathematical word problems; and the cognitive styles exhibited by
these students in solving different problems. Four experiments were
conducted using original wordlist booklets. The students ranged in
age from ten to fourteen years old. Two experiments were conducted
using a variety of cognitive problems and the students were
postgraduates and undergraduates,respectively. The results
indicated that either being taught or learning the strategies from
written instruction does not greatly influence verbal learning.
Also,most students used some type of external representation in
solving problems and age and Cognitive Style influenced the type of
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