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Activate Your Memory through Pictures

One of the greatest problems students have is remembering diverse facts, quotes and information. Just where do you start?

When faced with a wall of words across several subjects, turn to art!

Pictures that trigger 1000 words

Wonder if you remember the strategies we shared in our Brain boosting memory techniques post?

There we explored a nifty visualisation technique –¬† a Memory Palace – where you connect a place you know well with information you want to remember.

As you wander through the location noting features around you, you can cleverly attach words to objects. This is just one spatial memory method which works like a treat.

Other more visual techniques include:

  • Pictograms. One snazzy strategy to help information stick in your brain is the humble pictogram. These are visual symbols or icons which represent data such as objects, people or words. English Lit students can use corresponding images to help memorise quotes, for example.

What’s more, a raft of cognitive science research has proved that using pictures can double your ability to recall information for an exam. Brilliant, hey?

  • Dual Coding. This technique combines verbal and logical visual information to help students both memorise and recall information.

Best of all, this technique can be applied to so many subjects from Maths and Biology to History and English.

Try it out: create History timelines, biological processes, comic strips (with stick people), simple infographics and diagrams. Attach minimal words to relevant – and simple – images to connect the two. Voila!

Need expert revision support?

Of course, some techniques work better for you than others. Plus it helps to actually understand everything first.

To discover how to make revision stick so you can recall information with ease, call on 121 Home Tutors first.

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