Monday, July 13, 2020

2020 TKR: #DTA Visualization, the skill they did not tell you about. Maybe you figured out how to use it anyway?


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
  • Visualization
Where would you visualize?
  • Writing
  • Art work
  • Photography
  • Making videos
  • Remembering
  • Learning
  • Planning
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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

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