Did you ever come across a child who is good at spellings but often forgets people’s names? Who understands the difference between aqua and aquamarine? A person who is able to make up avid images in his mind about what he is reading? Has visual-spatial skills? The one who will notice that tiny pimple that appeared on your face this morning? A woman who is able to read your expressions very well? Who would know that you are feeling depressed even when you have tried very hard not to show it? A child who learns through seeing things? There is a very good chance that that person is a visual learner.
Techniques that help Visual Learners:
Understanding a visual learner is very important in order to help them reach their true potential. A visual learner needs to see things in order to understand and retain information. Therefore it is best if the visual learner sits in front so that there are no visual obstructions, for example, other pupils’ heads, furniture etc. It helps if they take notes and make lists. Watching the videos of the content being taught would make them remember what is being taught for longer. High lighting, circling or underlining important words would make them focus on those particular words. It is beneficial to give them a quiet place to study as they get easily distracted by the visual stimuli around them.
While learning something new it is better if they close their eyes and try to visualize the content that they are trying to learn or memorize. They should train their minds to pick up as many visual clues as possible. This would help them recall the information when needed. They need to make use of Power Point Presentations, mind maps, charts, lists, draw pictures etc. They need to review their notes and organize them after class. Watching educational programmes on television would also be greatly beneficial.
Testing a Visual Learner:
It is best if the tests given to the visual learners include; Diagramming, reading maps, essays (if they are using an outline), showing a process etc.
Research on Visual Learners:
The Institute for the Advancement of Research in Education in a study named Graphic Organizers: A Review of Scientifically Based Research concluded:
1.Graphic organizers helps a person develp critical thinking.
2.Students are able to retain the information more effectively if it is learned both visually as well as verbally.
3.Students are able to understand more if the information being learned is connected to previous knowledge.
4.The students use diagrams in order to organize the information in a meaningful way.