Visualization, the skill they did not tell you about.
Maybe you figured out how to use it anyway
If you are a visualizer, you don't just "think" something through, you imagine it through. That something might be a plan, a set of instructions, a story, or a section from a textbook. Visualizing may give you an advantage over people who just talk to themselves about these things. Nothing in a plan happens in words. Everything in a plan happens in the real solid world that you can see.
- Are you a practiced visualizer?
- Can you tell when someone is not visualizing?
- Did you ever complain that textbooks are too abstract?
- Did you ever wonder why it is hard to remember what you read?
- Do you ever try to imagine what you are reading about?
- Imagination is not the opposite of reality. Imagination is the future of reality
Where would you visualize?
- Art work
- Making videos
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Imagery works just like any other skill.
- You can choose to get better at it.
- You get better with practice.
- You build confidence with practice.
- You do better if you warm up
Some things you can do with imagery.
- Collect things you want to remember.
- Store things you study and need to be able to recall later.
- Rehearse events that are important to you.
- Rehearse things that make you nervous.
- Make plans and see how they will work
Ways that some people use imagery.
- They imagine the next day's activities just before they go to sleep.
- They imagine the coming day's activities when they wake up.
- They imagine anything they need to remember.
- They are careful to imagine the cues they will see at the time they need to remember.
- They imagine things they are planning and use the images to check out the plans.
- They warm up their brains by imagining what they are about to do.
Using imagery in planning
- If you are planning to do something, you need to be thinking actions.
- Don't just talk to yourself about those actions.
- Visualize yourself doing those actions.
Using imagery in learning
- When you hear what you are supposed to remember, see it in your mind.
- When you read what you are supposed to remember, stop reading.
- Pause a moment and see it in your mind.
- When there is action to remember, see it in your mind.
- When you wonder why some people remember things better than you do:
- They are probably doing something that you are not doing.
Using imagery in cued remembering
- When you have to remember something on cue, see that cue in your mind:
- Example: You have to pick up the cleaning on the way home.
- You need a cue to remind you to turn off your regular route to stop at the cleaners.
- That is probably at a shopping center. Imagine that shopping center.
- See yourself turning off at the shopping center.
Advantages of visualization in learning
- The Power Visualization Adds to E-learning
- This article is written for educators.
- But maybe you are a self-managed learner.
- So you are entitled to use these methods too.
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