What is a Visual Learner?
There are 4 different learning styles that determine how a child will take in information. Many people have more than one learning style and can benefit from using them. Yet, most people have a dominant learning style that they naturally turn to when learning new concepts because it’s easier for them to learn.
We will be talking about the most common learning style-Visual Learning. Sixty-five percent of your child’s classroom is made up of visual learners.
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What is a Visual Learner?
A visual learner is someone who best takes in information visually. These students benefit from a typical classroom because it’s set up to accommodate them. Classrooms use white boards, posters, bulletin boards, pictures, books, worksheets, graphs, power points, etc. All visual opportunities for the Visual learner to take in information.
Strengths of Visual Learners
Visual learners are usually great spellers because they can visualize the word in their mind. They usually love to read so visualization is easy for them. They are often good test takers too because they also remember what they read. Written feedback on assignments works best for them.
A visual learner likes to see what is being taught. They love hand outs and to see instructions up on the board. The best place for this type of learner is in the front of the class so there are no distractions.
They like to work alone rather than in a group. Very easy for their minds to wander while others are talking, even during a lecture.
They are also great note takers. Note cards are the easiest way for them to study. They need a quiet place to study and review the information. This type of learner sees so much information that they usually use high lighters to make information stand out. They like to doodle, draw graphs, pictures and charts to help them better understand concepts.
Visual learners can recall where they read a passage, sentence or concept in a book. They may not remember the exact page but can tell you, for example, that it’s on the right side in the first few sentences.
Strategies to Help Visual Learners
To help this type of learner at earlier ages use Flash cards, worksheets, graphs, board or card games, written instructions, sight words, note cards labeling a bed or window beside the object. A list of chores works well along with a calendar or picture calendar, for the little ones, to show their daily activities.
Visual learners are usually highly organized which is considered one of their strengths. They love making lists they can cross out when things are done. Making a list helps them to prioritize the list. Visual learners like a written record of the information so they can process it.
Even though the Visual learner is considered to be the most popular among the 4 learning styles, an individual can benefit from taking in information from more than one way.
It does not matter if you have a little one who is not yet in school since young ones take in the information a certain way. I have a son who is visually impaired. At a very young age we had to figure out different ways for him to take in information because he couldn’t see. We worked hard and he ended up doing very well in school. So, meet your child where they are and if they are struggling to take in information one way, try another. If you have a visual learner teach them how to take notes, make note cards, read graphs make lists, and so on. As a parent we all have the same goal, to teach our children to be successful.