Okay, so I told you one way to determine your learning style already. If you happened to discover that you are primarily a visual learner (or if visual learning was one of your multi-modal strategies), I’m going to suggest a few ideas to help you learn by using our book.
Visual learners tend to do well with lots of color and ideas. One thing I tend to suggest is to read with a variety of colors of highlighters, pens, or colored pencils at the ready.
- Use a different color to mark different types of things
- Terms in one color
- Concepts & explanations in a second
- Examples in a third
- Mark things in different ways
- Use highlighting for a term
- Underline a concept’s explanation
- Draw a box around the example
- Draw charts or graphs when needed
- Use Venn diagrams (overlapping circles) to compare & contrast ideas
- Use Web diagrams (mind maps) to show how ideas relate
The principle here is to make sure that you find ways to remember ideas later on.
One last idea: save a particular color for things I go over in class. This way, when you go through your materials and see that color, you can know that it was something I brought up in a class discussion, rather than something you read on your own. I have even seen students use a different color of notebook paper for that purpose.