Studying Strategies With Art

Child stands on the top of a ladder and painting on the wall
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Parents can help their children study for a test or memorize content—or make another day of virtual learning a bit more interactive. Mariale Hardiman, professor and director of the Neuro-Education Initiative at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, offers the following tips:

Make learning visible

Encourage children to draw or doodle. A simple word can imply the action is less focused on the product and more focused on the process of visualizing an idea or a concept.

Create a graphic organizer

Also known as a concept map, this graphic uses images or words to make content more visual. Be careful about judging the visual product the child produces. Focus on the process by asking questions about what the drawing means to them. What’s the feeling they get when they look at what they drew?

Make up simple rhyming phrases

A tried-and-true way to recall info—for children and adults—is to make it rhyme.

Use a familiar tune

Take academic material and weave it into the phrasing of a well-loved song.


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