Visual

  • Create graphic organizers such as diagrams and concept maps that use visual symbols to represent ideas and information.
  • Use different colored highlighters to make a visual association with material in textbooks (for instance, blue might signal important terms, while green might signal important dates or people).
  • Pay close attention to descriptive words in texts to help you recall information (for instance, you might remember details about the “Hero” in families dealing with alcoholism because of their willingness to take on the responsibilities that the alcohol abuser no longer does-then visualize them as an actual super hero).
  • Convert lecture notes into a visual format by drawing your own diagrams or by using symbols to organize material (© could signal all of the speakers remarks about cognitive behavior theory).
  • Make illustrated flash cards for vocabulary words.  For example, you might remember the definition of ‘folie a deux’ (which is a delusion shared by two people) by drawing two people dressed up as Elvis on one side of the flash card.
  • Study in a place that is free from visual distractions.
  • Type your written notes from class using different fonts, bold print, and underlining to make the most important concepts and facts visually apparent.
  • When trying to remember information, close your eyes and visualize the information.
  • Watch films, especially documentaries, as supplements to your reading.