The strategies presented here will help you to zero-in and enhance your visual learning ability.
If this is your favored learning approach, then you should concentrate 70% of your study efforts utilizing the strategies presented here. The other 30% should be spent on incorporating some of the strategies contained within the other two sensory learning modes.
1. Post-IT for Improved Memory and Recall
As a visual learner, you look for every visual cue you can find in order to help you remember key pieces of information. A great method to do this throughout the day is to utilize post-it notes.
Purchase a variety of colored markers and write out key important notes (with associating and visually stimulating pictures) that will standout in your mind. Once your notes have been created, simply stick them up everywhere!
Stick them up next to your computer, on the refrigerator, kitchen table, bathroom mirror, next to your bed, around your shower, in your car, and anywhere else that you can think of that will keep important visual cues at the forefront of your mind at all times.
This is a very simple strategy, however, for key important pieces of information it could well be one of the most effective techniques you use to improve your memory and recall of information.
2. Visualize Yourself Using Information
The imagination of a visual learner is one of their greatest assets. Your imagination holds the key to unbelievable insights, understandings and reflections that could very well make a significant difference to your outcomes.
Spend time each and every day physically visualizing in pictures the topic you have been studying.
There is a means and way to turn every topic into a profound visual experience in your mind's-eye, you must however be open to the possibilities and utilize your creativity effectively to bring these images to life.
While visualizing these scenarios in your mind, make sure that they are big, funny, colorful and bright in ways that will assist you with better memory recall. Moreover, adding dramatic and memorable movement to your visualizations will further enhance the learning process.
Please remember, not to allow your imagination to limit the possibilities here. Boring and dull images in your mind will simply not be remembered as clearly as exciting, fun and colorful images will.
Think about how you can perform this visualization in a creative and effective way that will leave a lasting impression on your mind. Maybe you could turn everything into your favorite cartoon or movie- Or you could use famous actors and characters to perform in your visual experience. You could even have animals and trees acting out all the parts of this visual journey, or simply put yourself into a fantasy world where anything goes. They key again is to make it memorable, entertaining and fun.
3. Create Mental Storyboards
This is closely tied into the process of visualization, however it involves creating mental storyboards within your mind as you make progress through the learning process.
Think of a mental storyboard as very much like something that writers create for a movie or television series before it is filmed. For them the process involves drawing how they imagine each scene of a movie unfolding in a comic-book type of format. This works quite effectively as it puts the bigger picture into perspective and also opens new insights and understandings about how the story should unfold.
For the purpose of accelerating your learning, mental storyboards will assist you with creating an ongoing picture-story-book within your mind about the information you are studying in such a way that will help you to more thoroughly understand the topic under study.
Begin by reading a paragraph, page or a topic one section at a time. At the end of this section, close your eyes for a moment and create a snapshot picture of the topic that is vivid and memorable. Make this picture bright, colorful and all encompassing. Focus on the image for a few moments, and then store it away in your mind.
To assist your memory further with this process, simply jot down a rough sketch of the mental picture on a piece of paper and use it as a bookmark for that page of the textbook. The next time you move through your notes you will come across this picture and it will bring back a flood of memories about the page or topic under question.
Again, it is very important to use a free-flexing imagination that will allow you to think creatively about the topic you are studying.
4. Create Intertwining Flow Charts and Mind Maps
As a visual learner you very much enjoy thinking in interconnecting systems and processes. You naturally enjoy seeing associations and connections between different objects, which helps you to better understand the material you are studying.
Utilize flow charts and mind maps in order to connect different aspects of a topic together in creative ways that make sense in your mind.
When I read a topic and try and create a mind map from this information, I don't often follow the topic structure presented within the text. Instead, I create my own connections bringing together seemingly unrelated pieces of information into a cohesive format that makes sense to me. As a result I wouldn't suggest that you stick to the structure of the topics or subject you are studying. Create your own headings, sub-headings, major and minor points, interconnecting them together in ways that will enhance your understanding about this topic.
5. Create Flashy Pocket Cards
Similar to post-it notes, it is handy to utilize pocket cards as reminder tools that will help you to keep the most important points at the forefront of your mind at all times. Whenever you get a moment of time to spare, you can always refer to them, and therefore keep your mind and attention on the pieces of information that are most important to you.
6. Create Diagrams and Pictures of the Material
If you are artistically inclined (or not), then this may very well be the most effective study strategy that will help you to accelerate your learning potential.
Take out your colored pencils, crayons, pens, highlighters and makers, and draw quick sketches of the material you are learning. You are effectively creating a physical storyboard of each topic (not a mental storyboard as previously discussed). Again, be creative with your approach and utilize themes, characters, cartoon heroes, or simple stick figures. It doesn't matter what you do, as long as it sticks and ingrains itself into your psyche.
Finally, in order to further expand your understanding and awareness of the material you are studying, it may be helpful to recreate the diagrams, pictures, cartoons and graphs presented within the book in your own unique way.
7. Read like a Child in a Playful and Creative Way
Finally, visual learners will find it helpful to interact with their reading material in a childlike manner.
Do you remember the days when you were young and you drew pretty little pictures, shapes, and lines on your bedroom wall- Well, this is somewhat the same method you should be using to learn new pieces of information.
The next time you sit down to read a book, create a process and method of remembering that you will utilize from that moment onward. Simply develop a process and system for your scribbles, underlines, highlights, colors, symbols, arrows and line linkages.
Everything must have a consistent reason and purpose for being that defines the way you learn and study.
Initially it might take a little time to develop the process that you will use, as you must decide how and under what specific conditions you will utilize each of these written methods. However as you gain experience it will become one of your primary tools that will help to accelerate your learning potential.
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