Visualization: Daydreaming With a Purpose
Visualization. Athletes use this technique to gain their best performance. Musicalartists take full advantage of it too. The good news is, it can work for something assimple as studying for your next test, or even in everyday life.
What exactly is visualization? Briefly, it is making a mental image of something,whether it be an activity or a group of facts. You may have seen an athlete sittingwith his or her eyes closed prior to competing. Chances are, they aren't catching aquick siesta, they're visualizing. They are going through a winning race or game,seeing in their mind every stride, every motion, that it takes to perform to the bestof their abilities. Similarly, a musician will visualize every note played or sung toperfection. Some might call it daydreaming with a purpose.
You might be wondering how this could possibly help you study for your next test.Well, the same principles of visualization can be used to memorize facts, orunderstand a process. Take, for example, a history test, where you need tomemorize important information about the voyage of The Mayflower. You may needto remember that it landed at Cape Cod on November 11, 1620. We nowcommemorate Remembrance Day or Veterans Day on that date. Picture the pilgrimsdisembarking wearing poppies to remember that date. See in your mind the yearbeing written in a diary. Try to really visualize these events instead of justmemorizing them.
Or how about a biological process, such as thehuman respiratory system. If youwant to remember how oxygen travels into your body, see in your mind as theoxygen travels in through the mouth and nose, then carries on through the larynx,trachea, bronchi, bronchial tubes, lungs, and so on. Find each of these on a pictureof the human body so you can truly see the oxygen passing through them in yourmind.
Visualization can be used in these and many other ways. The next time you areintroduced to someone new, take a minute to silently picture their face alongside aplaque with their name written on it, or shaking hands with other people you know of the same name. This should help you to remember those important, or not soimportant things.