A one-pager is a simple strategy for enhancing learners’ retention of new information. Learners select key points from information presented to them, then create a one-page summary using thoughtfully selected images, text, symbols, diagrams and colours.

The strategy is designed in response to the work of Allan Paivio (1986), whose research on human recall suggests that the retention of new information is enhanced when learners present this information using both images and language.

The process of considering how colour, images or symbols might represent a piece of information in a one-pager may help learners recall the information presented to them more easily.

One-pagers are easily adaptable for students learning from home. Using digital design tools or a blank sheet of paper and coloured pencils, learners can process, summarise and communicate new information presented to them in simple visual texts.

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