You may not think of it deliberately, but learning is very similar to storytelling. You need to give yourself vivid, memorable and emotionally descriptions of the information. When you learn with compelling metaphors, information seems to stick easily. Without metaphors, ideas are dry and slip through your ears without a second thought.
Metaphors and Holistic Learning
Holistic learning is based on the principle that learning works as a whole and not through rote memorization. When all of your ideas are connected together, it becomes far easier to remember them. The storyteller’s art of metaphor is crucial in holistic learning.
How to Create Good MetaphorsComing up with metaphors isn’t as difficult as it sounds, but it requires that you drop your search for the perfect description and look for multiple, simplified images.
Isolate a Characteristic.
Vivid is Better. Use descriptive language to give your metaphor emotional impact.
Quantity over Quality.
Draw it Out. Get out pen and paper and start drawing concepts.
The 10-Year Old Rule. Can you explain your metaphor to a ten-year old?