A Visual Learner
Learns 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. All 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
- Use visual cues such as flash cards and concrete items.
- Use graph paper for organizing math problems.
- Color code math problems.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Is A Natural At:
- 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
- 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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