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Developing visual material can help your recall and also be a quick way to show lots of information. Visualisation helps you remember (like when we try to picture where we’ve parked our car, and what's in our cupboards when writing a shopping list).
You can create diagrams and visual aids depicting your module materials and put them up around the house so that you are constantly reminded of your learning.
Mind maps help you to generate ideas and make associations. They can also act as a powerful memory aid in an examination because they are visual.
Mind maps show the relationships between component topics within an overall subject area.
The main principles are as follows.
Mindmapping is a useful way of organising your initial thoughts. Have a look at this interactive demonstration:
Try searching the internet for free mind map applications for your computer or, if you’d prefer, simply draw them by hand. These animated demonstrations of visual tools in Word might help.
You may find that, rather than reducing notes to small summary cards, you prefer to produce large posters detailing key points on particular topics. Use flip-chart paper or stick several pieces of A4 together. Use pattern, colour, diagrams and drawings in your posters and display them in parts of your home where you might have an opportunity to gaze at them for a few minutes now and then and absorb the information. One student we know put them around the bathroom!
If you have a strong visual memory then lively posters really help the remembering process.