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


MATHEMATICS

- Use visual cues such as flash cards and concrete items.

- Use graph paper for organizing math problems.

- Color code math problems.


READING/LITERATURE


- 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.


WRITING/SPELLING

- 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.


SOCIAL SCIENCES

- 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


Studying/Reading Characteristics

- 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)



Cuyamaca College
900 Rancho San Diego Parkway El Cajon, California 92019 619-660-4
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