Strategy #8 Creating a pathway to learning

An ancient strategy for remembering the sequence of a speech was to imagine the rooms of a house. Parts of the speech would then be associated with the various rooms. By the time the speaker imagined walking through the house, the speech would be complete. Students can use this strategy to remember ideas and concepts from their assigned reading. You can share this strategy with them to get them going.

One way to recall important concepts from what you read is to visualize them. You can do this even in your own bedroom. Start by writing each idea or concept you want to remember on separate cards or pieces of paper. Then create your route by starting at the door and going right. For example, place your idea cards in a sequence like this:
idea one--on your dresser;
walk a little further to idea two--on your desk;
proceed to place idea three--on your bedside lamp;
idea four--goes on your bed (but don't lie down and go to sleep!);
idea five--on your easy chair;
idea six--on your door.

Then walk the path a few times, stopping to go over each idea to memorize it. One time probably will not be enough, so spread out the learning over a few days. When you think you are ready, turn over your notecards, and walk the pathway. See if you can remember each idea or step at each stop. Repeat this a few times before the test or before you have to use the information.

Then, walk the pathway in your mind. Make each stop mentally along the way, and you should find you remember the important concepts from your reading!

Try it and see!

Strategy 8 bedroom example