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Effective Learning Strategy - VISUAL LEARNERS



Are you a strong visual learner? Do you find that you must see math problems written on the blackboard or 
on paper before you can begin to understand and comprehend what is being asked of you? Would it drive 
you crazy if you had to listen to a math lecture and you had nothing to write with or if the teacher wrote nothing
on the board?

Here are strategies that may be helpful to you if you are a strong visual learner but are weaker for auditory learners.

1. Always take written notes when someone is explaining math to you.

2. Whenever possible, ask for written instructions.

3. Make your own drawings or diagrams when figuring out word problems.

4. Use flashcards to review all important concepts, formulas, theorems, equations, and explanations. 

5. Write as much as you can when you study. Work out lots of problems.

6. In lecture, concentrate on what the instructor is writing on the blackboard and copy everything down. 
    If you can't get much of what the teacher explains in class, bring a tape recorder. Always reset the counter
    on the recorder to number one at the beginning of the lecture. At points in the lecture where you don't fully
    understand what the teacher says, note the counter number on the recorder and put it down in your notes. 
    Later, you can listen carefully to the tape, paying special attention to the sections where you jotted down the 
    counter numbers. Write down the information from the tape that you missed getting the first time.

7. Use two or more math books. Read how different authors explain the topics you learn. Because this is such a
    good study skills technique in general..

8. Visualize in your mind's eye the math concepts you are learning.

9. Use computer programs that illustrate concepts you are learning.

10. Read your textbook assignment and previous class notes before your next class.

11. Use workbooks, supplemental study guides, handouts.

12. Map out, chart, or in some way graphically illustrate your classroom and textbook notes.

13. Always write in your textbook. Underline key words. Mark important concepts and use colored pencils to liven them up. 

14. Sit near the front of your classroom to avoid visual distractions and to pay closer attention to your instructor.

15. When you review your classroom notes, creatively highlight the important points with colored pencils or markers.

Taken from the book:
Arem, PhD., Cynthia A., Conquering Math Anxiety: A Self-Help Workbook, Ca: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, p158, ISBN 0-534-18876-1

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