Visual Learning

Learners Who Understand by Seeing

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Have you ever found yourself drawing pictures of a biology process as you studied for a test? This may be a sign that you have instinctively practiced visual learning techniques.

Visual learners are those who learn things best through seeing them. Visual learners often prefer to sit in the front of the class and "watch" the lecture closely. Often, these students will find that information makes more sense when it is explained with the aid of a chart or picture.

Look over the characteristics below to see if they sound familiar, or take the learning styles quiz.

A visual learner:

  • Is good at spelling but forgets names of people you see only occasionally.
  • Needs quiet study time and enjoys being alone.
  • Has to think and ponder before understanding a speech or lecture.
  • Likes colors & fashion.
  • Dreams in color.
  • Understands/likes charts.
  • Is good with sign language.
  • Is creative and may enjoy creating artwork or writing stories.
  • Comes up with their best ideas during quiet time.

Learning Techniques for Visual Learners

If you are a visual learner, you may have trouble absorbing information that is presented only in written form (studying from a book). How can you help your brain absorb the information you read?

  • Draw a map of events in history or draw scientific process.
  • Create a timeline of the events.
  • Make outlines of everything!
  • Copy what’s on the board.
  • Ask the teacher to diagram.
  • Diagram sentences!
  • Take notes, make lists.
  • Watch videos.
  • Color code words, research notes.
  • Outline reading.
  • Use flashcards.
  • Use highlighters, circle words, underline.

Best Test Types for Visual Learners

Diagramming, map tests, long essays (if you use an outline!), showing a process. More challenging test types are listen and respond tests and multiple choice tests (you may over analyze).

Tip for Visual Learners: Turn every learning opportunity and every study session into a writing and drawing exercise. Create a mental picture of every subject, even if this is a written essay. Draw out every scientific process and create diagrams of every subject where you will be expected to compare and contrast characteristics.