Tips for visual learners

Visual learners learn best by seeing information.
If you use the visual style, you prefer using images, pictures, colors, and maps to organize information and communicate with others. You can easily visualize objects, plans and outcomes in your mind’s eye.

You also have a good spatial sense, which gives you a good sense of direction. You can easily find your way around using maps, and you rarely get lost. When you walk out of an elevator, you instinctively know which way to turn.

The whiteboard is a best friend (or would be if you had access to one). You love drawing, scribbling and doodling, especially with colors. You typically have a good dress sense and color balance (although not always!).


Visual learners learn best by:
• Taking notes and making lists to read later.

• Reading information to be learned.

• Learning from books, videotapes, filmstrips and printouts.

• Seeing a demonstration.


The visual learner will need to see all study material:
• Practice visualizing
…mental imagery or picturing spelling words.

• Write out everything
…for frequent and quick visual review.

• Analyze words
…by tearing them apart and putting them back together (to-get-her- together).

• Use color coding
…when learning new concepts (x and y axis different color when graphing).

• Use enlarged paper
…for graphing, making it easier for the visual learner to plot lines.

• Use outlines
…of reading assignments which cover key points and guide your reading.

• Draw lines
…around the configuration of printed words and structural word elements.

• Use charts
…maps, timelines, and filmstrips when learning new material.

• Use notes
…and flash cards for review of material, vocabulary, and terminology for a specific course.

• Use a dictionary
…ll the visual cues are present: syllabication, definitions, configurations, affixes, etc.

• Use graphic organizers and diagrams.

• Use videos.

• Utilize "mapping" techniques
…and draw pictures symbolizing information.

• Highlight and underline key concepts.

• Retype notes
…use different fonts, bold print, and underline important concepts and facts.


Visual Learner Strategies


In Mathematics:
• Use visual cues such as flash cards and concrete items.

• Use graph paper for organizing math problems.

• Color code math problems.


In Reading / Literature:
• When learning new vocabulary words, look up their meaning in the dictionary and write down their definition on flash cards.

• Sit close to the instructor for writing board demonstration, etc.

• Use sight words, flash cards - then close your eyes and visualize what you have seen.

• Use charts, graphs, and other visual cues.


In Writing / Spelling:
• Use visual study methods rather than recitation of words.

• Write each spelling word several times.

• Trace words with colored marking pens.

• Visualize words mentally and then reproduce them on paper.


In Social Sciences:
• Learn new material with visual stimulation (videos, computers, etc.).

• Use colored pens when taking notes - each color represents a degree of importance--blue notes are main themes, red notes are supporting details, green notes are specific details.


Facts about the visual learner
• Dressing well, putting clothes together easily.

• Remembering details and colors of what he/she sees.

• Reading, spelling and proof reading.

• Remembering faces of people he/she meets (forgets names); remembers names seen in print.

• Quietly taking in surroundings.

• Creating mental photos.


Studying/Reading Characteristics:
• Reads for pleasure and relaxation; reads rapidly.

• Can spend long periods of time studying.

• Requires quiet during study.

• Learns to spell words in configurations rather than phonetically.


Difficulties in School:
• Having to take action before either seeing or reading about what needs to be done.

• Working in an environment with noise or movement.

• Turning out sounds (not very easy responsive to music).

• Listening to lectures without visual pictures or graphics to illustrate.

• Working in classrooms with drab colors.

• Working under fluorescent lights (makes it hard to concentrate).

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