Colour-blind to study aids?
February 6, 2014 1:05 PM Subscribe
Do you study similarly to me? What else works for you?
posted by Chorus to Education (15 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
So, I'm in college, Medieval Languages major. As I go through semesters, I understand more and more about which study techniques actually work to keep information in my brain. But some stuff really doesn't work at all.
For instance, I might have a 10 page article to read/understand/remember key info from. If I write out a summary of each paragraph (in blue or black pen only), the article stays in my head forever. But, if I then apply different colour highlighters to parts of my handwritten summary, it's like I can't 'see' the text and I've a really hard time even reading back over what I've written. I feel, once colour is applied or if the page is 'pretty-fied' in any way, the notes are somehow useless. Mindmaps are similarly impossible to concentrate on. This feels weird because I can design my own knitting patterns and have no problem with colour or charts then.
Also, listening to a lecture or its recording is close to useless as well (never could get into podcasts or audiobooks either, which is a shame). I think just physically writing things down (but not colouring them any?) works best for me. I get an enormous amount of satisfaction and calmness from knowing an article is all summarised in my own way.
What other study methods work if the above applies to you? Is there some kind of name or distinction for this type of study? I have a feeling there's a right/left brain thing going on when it comes to colour + words, but don't know anything more about it.
[[NB: highlighters are applied to notes in an ordered manner. Like, yellow for key names/dates, blue for direct phrases from the article, pink for stuff to check out later. So, there was a method to my madness]]