These activities are not just for primary school children – though there’s a good reason why we did them at school. The physical act of copying and/or colouring helps to reinforce and fix key information in your memory.
Copying from a photograph or a diagram in a text book also helps you to focus on structure and detail, and prompts you to ask ‘What is this I am looking at? Why does it look like this? How else might it look? How does it relate and compare to what else I know?
There are some specialist colouring books such as The Anatomy Colouring Book designed for medical and nursing students. See a review of this and other medical and physiological colouring books https://www.nursetheory.com/anatomy-physiology-coloring-books/
If nothing similar is available in your own subject, then you can make your own. Copy relevant diagrams or maps from your textbooks, or search online for ‘line drawing’ + your topic – a cheaper and more relevant alternative to expensive ‘mindfulness’ adult colouring books.
(First posted as part of the University of Brighton Big Draw October 2019)