Learning with Art
Some students love words and others simply hate them. Learning with art is a way of using pictures to remember important information. You can train yourself to associate images with facts by using this technique. Drawing a picture of an object you are trying to remember or pairing images with certain words in your head can help you recall difficult things. Even something as simple as using a color to help you match words to their meaning can be useful. In a painting class, you could be asked to remember a simple object by painting it or draw an imaginary animal to help you remember what their body parts are called.
The Room Technique
This one might seem a little strange but it definitely works! Imagine a room with bookcases, drawers, cupboards, tables and chairs. Remember this room! It is now your memory bank.Every time you are told something you need to remember, imagine yourself putting that piece of information somewhere in the room. All you have to do is remember where you put it and you can remember it forever. Many famous people have used this technique to stay sharp in interviews or remember important facts. Once you fill up your room, just make another one and you can travel in your memory bank forever!
In school, you often find yourself surrounded by new ideas… it can be hard to keep track of them all. You can use a brainstorm to link all your ideas together with a main idea in the middle. Take a look at the one below:
By using brainstorm, you can link your ideas and information together and put everything in a fun format. That way, everything you learn is always neat and tidy and it becomes hard to jumble things up.
Sometimes, learning out of a book or practicing an exercise just doesn’t help – especially with social studies and history. Why not organise a role play? In a role play, you pretend to be a person in a special situation so that you can experience how it feels to make decisions. For example, if you are learning about history, why not role play a historical battle or how a Roman phalanx works? It can be a great way of learning by doing but it can be a lot of fun as well!