Everybody has a left brain and right brain, and we all use both sides. But most people use one side more than the other. This hemispheric dominance affects the way we process information and learn. Learning with both sides helps us make the most of our brains. Incorporating brain learning strategies into academic endeavors will address the left-brainers and right-brainers and allow both types to use more of their brains.
The processing of the left brain is linear. This means that learning occurs from part to whole. Processing in this hemisphere is also sequential. The left brain is good at processing symbols and is very logical and mathematical. The left brain also deal with verbal and written inputs and adheres to rules. Left brain processes are reality-based.
The processing in the right brain is holistic. This means that learning occurs by first envisioning the whole pictute. Processing in this hemisphere is random. The right brain is also color-sensitive. This hemisphere is good at processing the concrete: things that can be seen, touched, and felt. The light brain is very intuitive and non-verbal. Right brain processes are fantasy-oriented.
No matter which hemisphere of your brain is dominan, keeping both hemisphere actively involved in the learning process will help you make the most of your brain. Here are some tips on creating a whole brain learning environment for yourself:
1.Learn in a relax environment. The best recall occurs when brain wave patterns show a relaxed state.
2.Learn in a multi-sensory environment by involving visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities.
3.Use color! This stimulates the right brain and helps recall.
4.Make sure you take breaks every hour.
5.Try to relate what you are learning to a bigger picture.
6.Reinforce what you have learned through practice and review.
by Jessika Sobanski (Visual Math)