How clever use of colour can help your class learn more effectively

In today’s classroom, keeping students engaged is all about making learning appealing, and one great way to do the is with the clever use of colour. Using colour in the classroom has numerous advantages for children, and there are many fun ways to incorporate it into your decor and lessons to use it to both your and your student’s benefit. Colour-coding school supplies such as personalised exercise books and exercise books can help your students prioritise information more accurately and successfully, for example.

At EPSL, we offer customisable school supplies in all colours of the rainbow, so you can help categorise your classroom to better facilitate the learning of your students. From organisation information to enhancing student’s memory, here’s some helpful ways in which you can utilise them!

How clever use of colour can help your class learn more effectively

Enhance your students’ ability to organisation information

Using colour is a really effective way to help your students organise information, and this could be for homework, notes, topics, categories - the list goes on! Colour is a simple yet effective tool that can help your students break down information that would have otherwise been overwhelming or easily forgotten into manageable amounts that appear more visually digestible. This process stimulates their associative memory, meaning that with the relevant colour cues, students will be able to recall the information they've learnt more easily.

By assigning specific colours to different subjects or topics, students can also quickly identify relevant information in their textbooks and notes, which in turn can help improve their understanding of the topic at hand - win-win! This method of visual organisation is especially helpful for revision as it enhances their ability to recall important concepts and details of their lessons.

Capture your student’s attention

Keeping the attention of your students is easier said than done, especially in an age when children are used to being constantly stimulated by technology. Any visual aids that keep your student in the moment and focusing on their work are great tools to have in the classroom.

Incorporating bright and vibrant colours in your presentations, worksheets, and classroom decor can help you to create a visually stimulating environment that grabs their attention and encourages curiosity. It can even be as simple as having your students colour in worksheets with corresponding colours, cementing in their minds that certain colours are associated with specific topics. Colours can also serve as editing visual cues, directing your students to focus on important information or prompts.

Help better your student's memory

Colour-coding information before you present it to your students can have a significant impact on our ability to remember it, mainly because certain shades enhance learning and recall by improving our brain's ability to process and store information, making it easier to recall later. For example, a study by Mariam Adawiah Dzulkifli and Muhammad Faiz Mustafar for the National Library of Medicine found that 'warm types of colours such as yellow, red and orange have been found to have a greater effect on attention compared to the cool type of colours like brown and grey'. As a result, many teachers are already implementing colour coding as a tool to help their students learn and retain information more effectively.

These are just a few of the ways colour can help your students learn and retain information, but this is by no means an exhaustive list! Engaging teaching requires colourful and captivating equipment. That's where we come in at EPSL with our range of school exercise books and personalised exercise books so that you and your class have everything you need. Check out our ranges on our website, and don't hesitate to call us at 01254 686 500 if you have any questions. We're always here to help!

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