Visual learning is one of three different learning styles. Many people use this type of learning method at least partly during their lives. Traditional school is often geared toward this type of learning, but some students are predominantly visual learners, where others may do better with other methods. Visual learners need to see new information in order to process and learn it; they need to see material in front of them, either drawn or written, in order to understand it well. Students who have this trait are typically aware and respond well to things like tone, brightness, contrast, color and other visual information when they study, read and learn. If your child learns better through visual learning, these study tips will help to encourage their learning strengths.
Outlines and Graphics
Rather than taking notes in paragraph form or with the use of bullet points, encourage the incorporation of graphics into their notes. For example, using a concept map will help to graphically organize their ideas. The easiest and most common way to do this is by putting the main idea in the center of the page and then drawing branches outward for secondary ideas. This is an excellent visual learning tool because it allows them to see how different concepts relate back to the main theme.
Use Color Coding
The human brain does really well with remembering color, so use this to their advantage. Color coding can be a big help in grouping similar items together and for marking important concepts. When studying highlight all of the major actions of a particular topic; for example, use one color for the primary topics and a different color to highlight the actions. It is also helpful to assign color themes to textbooks, notes and handouts for each subject.
Provide Visual Study Materials
Teaching with visual materials is the one of the easiest, most effective ways for visual learners to process information. Visually stimulating materials, such as flip cards and visual study guides are a extremely beneficial for helping visual learners to remember information. For example, the simple act of using flip cards with words that correspond to the text they are reading can be beneficial for visual stimulation. Other visually stimulating materials for a visual learner may include colored sticky notes to help keep papers organized and books with lots of illustrations and visual study guides that match the content of text books.
Visual learners typically concentrate better if their study area is aesthetically pleasing. The desk or work area should be free from clutter and other distractions, but putting up colorful posters or positive reinforcements may help the student feel calm and focused while studying. Also keep in mind that visual learners often make better sense of content that they can see “come to life”. Watching movies and educational videos that are complementary to what they are learning in class may also be beneficial.
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