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Succeed at Typing, School, and Other Things Visually

Todd Hicks

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Do you want to improve your typing and study skills? Would you like to improve your memory and achieve every goal you set? A great way to do these things is to use plenty of visualization.

Are you sometimes asked for directions? Would you like to figure out how to get to a particular street or place without spending a lot of time looking at a street map? You can help yourself remember where a particular street or place is by visualizing the location. When you approach or pass a street, mentally trace the path you have traveled. You can tell yourself, “To get to Main Street from home, I must take Street A to Street B, make a right onto Street B, take Street B all the way down to Street C, make a left onto Street C and keep going until I reach Main Street. "

Use visualization to become more efficient at typing. If you are a beginner who is unfamiliar with the keyboard, look at it a few times and form a mental map that shows where all the keys are. You can lower the amount of typing errors you make by visualizing the path you make from one key to another. For example, if you need to type “be good" and you focus well enough, you will type a B with your right hand, then type an E and G with your left hand and then automatically put your right hand back into its proper place before you type an O.

It is important to visualize things as you study and take tests. As you read your text books or take notes, try to form a good picture in your mind. For example, if you learn the definition of something such as an arch, visualize someone's lips curving downward while saying, “An arch is a curved structure. " When you go to bed or take an exam, form as many images pertaining to your class material as you can.

You can also learn math using any opportunity you can to use memorable images. If you had a math problem in which four people must share a pie, you could imagine the pie being cut into half vertically and then horizontally so that each person will receive a piece equal in size to the other pieces by getting a piece that equals one fourth of the pie.

Memorize numbers and statistics by mentally searching for a person or thing you can associate a particular figure with. For example, if you must memorize that a particular thing has 757 items for a statistics or accounting test and you are a baseball fan who is familiar with famous baseball records, you should think of Hank Aaron who hit 755 homeruns and say, “Seven hundred fifty-five plus two is the number of items the building contains. "

Practice visualization to master any sports you play. If you play baseball and want to master hitting ground balls, picture yourself swinging a bat over the top of a baseball.

Visualization is a splendid tool concerning learning and improvement. Use it to become a better typist, student or athlete and to achieve your goals.

Todd Hicks owns Skill Development Institute, an enterprise that provides a keyboard typing lesson and academic study guide. To become a great typist or student, visit Skill Development Institute.


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