Discussion  : Study Skills


Tips for Visual Learners

by marie on 17 Aug 2004 10:42 am

A visual learner is someone who learns best by using their eyes to see information. They learn best by seeing words and numbers printed in text form, or by using graphics and pictures, observing real life objects and events, and using maps, charts, graphs, and other visual aids.

'Visual & Auditory Learners', http://www.readinginstructions.com

I myself am a visual learner, and once I discovered this in 10th grade, revision and learning suddenly became so much easier. I embellished my notes with colours and pictures, and when it came to the exam I could see these drawings in my mind. I would make mind maps to organise my thoughts. Here I would like to share some of the basic techniques I used.

Mind Maps

After spending days cramming information into my head for my biology exam all the facts in my head were jumbled up. I once read in a book that the mind is like a drawer and the clothes are your thoughts — if you organise them properly you can take them out straight away. By drawing mind maps you will know exactly where to find the thoughts you need.

How to Draw a Mind Map: http://www.mind-map.com/

So if I got the question 'What is the name of the technique used to copy and amplify DNA?' and the name just wouldn't come to me, I would imagine the place in my mind map where I had drawn 'DNA'. As I could remember it had something to do with chains, I'd follow in my mind the line that I had drawn in the shape of a chain and would find: 'PCR' or 'Polymerase Chain Reaction' written on it.

Here is a replica of what I did:

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Random Tips for Different Subjects

For history I'd draw comics.

For English I'd draw and label scenery for plays in my notebooks.

For English I'd draw and label costumes of characters in plays.

For English I'd draw the image that came into my mind for poems and prose when annotating them, as it made it easier to understand and appreciate the piece.

For biology I highlighted words in colours that I felt were associated with them. This way I knew which substance each thing was made out of. For example, as my image of sugar was yellow, I highlighted the word 'cellulose' with yellow as it is formed out of starch. I did the same for diagrams as well. I coloured the cell wall for a plant with yellow. As my image for protein was red, this was the colour of the wall of a virus in my notes. This way I remembered that the definition of a virus was 'a piece of DNA or RNA wrapped around in a protein coat'.

Are you a visual learner and have any tips to share? Please submit!


Location: Cambridge, UK

by Catzy on 28 May 2007 06:00 pm

None of your links work anymore



Useful Links

by marie on 17 Aug 2004 06:41 am

IB Study Skills: http://www.norreg.dk/ib/ibstudyskillsframe.htm

Study Skills: http://www.how-to-study.com/


Location: Cambridge, UK



What is meant by time management?

by Guest on 01 Oct 2004 01:59 am

I just started uni and I just wanna say one thing: Time management

It did sound rubbish to me during IB but after I experienced it and another month of uni I finally knew what it means. Use your time wisely, but how? Perhaps you may plan a schedule well, if you stick to it well, you're doing fine and you shouldn't be worrying. But for those who always feel so guilty about not doing enough, try to think about what you've done within one day, eat? Sleep? Try to use the time even if it's so little, for example when you've taken a shower and is about to sleep but waiting the hair to dry, or, waiting noodles to be cooked, or when watching your favourite tv show you can use the commercial break time just to read a few lines of your book or revision.


by angela on 01 Oct 2004 02:00 am

by the way it's me lol


Location: Hong Kong

by Guest on 23 Dec 2005 10:16 am

angela wrote:

by the way it's me lol

Does any one know what is wrong here?