What To DO
Underline and/or highlight ONLY TERMS and their definitions using a specific coloured highlighter (e.g., yellow) for both online and/or paper-based documents.
How It Helps You Brilliantly Brainload™
I know the temptation is to mark up books / ebooks and resources with lots of underlining and highlighting for whatever you find interesting. It makes you feel good. But your brain can’t efficiently process all of the mark-ups.
Research into the best brainloading techniques shows that highlighting or underlining a lot of content doesn’t do much good. However, highlighting and/or underlining just the definitions and their terms really helps. Your brain knows that one specific highlighted colour or underlining is for ONE purpose. Terms and their definitions are critical building blocks to understanding. Without them, your brain doesn’t know where to hang the information.
Later on when reviewing the content your brain will quickly track to the terms and their definitions. If you don’t learn definitions then you are missing the meaning of what you’re reading. The more CONCEPTS brain hooks you have the better.
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About the Author
Valerie Dixon, M.Ed., CTDP, President and Chief Learnware Architect of Learnware Design Inc., (www.learnware.com) is a leading expert in the field of Talent Development. Valerie has over 40 years of experience in all aspects of performance needs analysis, learning strategy development and learning design and development for all types of media. She is a recognized thought leader for how to create and implement training programs that accelerate time to competence.
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