When we struggle with a topic, we may think the best way to study is to focus as hard as we can on every detail of the subject. But, if we don’t look at the whole picture to get a full grasp of the topic, learning it will be incredibly difficult.
Oakley’s recommendation is to have your homeschool student take a moment at first to visualize the chapter and reflect on the broad purpose of its lesson. As they do this, they’re putting their brain in a receptive learning mode and giving it a structure to “hang” new concepts on.
In neuroscience terms, they’re actually beginning to lay neural pathways in their brain. And this is part of learning how to study better instead of how to study harder.