Friday, May 23, 2014

Studying for Tests with Coloring Books, why not try it

Studying for Tests with Coloring Books, why not try it? Great for memorizing anatomy, geography, maps, physiology, vocabulary, graphs and charts. Tip from Stowell Learning Center.

Studying for tests can be boring.  Boring, boring, boring.

And when it gets boring, it's much harder to remember what was studied.
The exercise below is sure to make it easier for your child to remember more of what he's studying.  And it makes it more fun.  It is anything but boring!
BEWARE - At first this might seem a little juvenile.  But just know that college and graduate level students are now using the techniques.
Give this technique a try and watch as memory expands...seemingly without effort!
 Some of my students find it helpful to write or unerline their vocabulary words with different colors. When we studied the pathway of the heart in my class, I used different colors to represent different parts of the heart and the pathway. Students always ace this part of the test :)
Coloring Books as a Memory and Test Study Tool

Studying for tests and remembering important facts (such as the muscles in the body, the parts of a cell or plant, the location and shape of the states) can feel like endless (and pointless) memorization to students if they don't have a good mental picture of what the words they are studying connect to.
Try using coloring books to

  • Make studying more interesting
  • Add understanding to vocabulary and content
  • Increase retention
  • One innovative student took this idea even further.  When studying various organs in the body, she laid down on a giant piece of paper and had her friend trace around her.  Then
  • they drew in and orally labeled all of the organs that would be on their test.  The girls had a lot of fun while studying productively for their test!  
  • Another student memorized the states and their location by remembering each state and the color it was on the puzzle map. 
  • What things would be easier to remember in color?  What kind of coloring book or sheet could you make that would help you remember?  Without too much extra effort, your student can begin remembering things more easily without it feeling like a lot of extra work.   

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