Developing Good Study Habits

Tip # 6                                   Visual Helps

Studying does not have to be limited to words.  There is an adage that says “A picture is worth a thousand words”.  That picture concept works well for studying and remembering terms and the relationship between different components, elements, areas, etc.  A good way to remember something is to draw a flowchart, a picture or diagram of what you want to learn.  Moreover, this study method takes you away from rote learning and opens the door to meaningful learning.  You will not be limited to a memorized script but will be able to understand the interrelationship or interdependency of different components.  If you understand you will remember, it is as simple as that.

So how is it done?  Suppose you are studying the different branches of Science.  A good way to learn this is to draw a tree.  For your trunk write in the words Branches of Science.  Then for each branch of Science, draw a branch on your tree and write the branch of science on the branch, for example Physics, Biology, Chemistry or Botany, etc.  In this way you will be able to not only learn the words, spellings, etc., but you will be able to visualize these branches.  Our daughter used the visual aid method the other day and she found it worked well.  The next morning after drawing a diagram of a particular term, the teacher gave a surprise quiz.  One of the terms on the quiz was the one she had just done with a diagram.  She said that when the teacher gave the question she was able to see the diagram in her mind and was able to answer the question.  A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.

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