The number of children who learn visually is increasing over time. While a lot of this might have to do with the growth of technology and the younger generations adapting to visual elements such as smartphones and iPads, it’s a change that’s rather difficult for teachers and other educational mentors to adapt to. When you’re a visual learner, the most effective way to learn is by using graphs or diagrams to represent information. This is where studying can become extremely challenging for visual learners, since a lot of studying is still done primarily from textbooks. Here are some tips to help visual learners study effectively.
Copy down diagrams
If a teacher uses a visual element to help explain or describe something, copy it down. Make sure you take the time to get all of the details, whether there is specific labeling involved, etc. If you’re having a hard time getting all of the information down before class is over, ask the teacher if he or she will draw their own version of the diagram for you to help you digest the information better. The more diagrams you have in your possession, the easier it will be for you to remember and learn.
Get the most visual textbooks
Textbooks can be your best friend or your worst enemy. In this instance, let’s try to make a textbook your best friend by strategically picking out the type that’s best for your learning type. Make sure that you use a textbook that contains a variety of diagrams and visuals in order to help you better understand and grasp the subject matter.
Videos are one of the greatest and most helpful ways for visual learners to learn. In our day and age, videos are everywhere, and you can pretty much find explanations for anything online in video form. While students have been watching videos for decades, you need to make sure you’re focused on the video in order for you to take something away from this. If you’re looking for videos when you’re at home, YouTube is an excellent source for educational videos. Use with caution though – it’s easy to become distracted on this website as well!
For visual learners, reading text is one of the most ineffective ways to learn. Unfortunately, if this is your only option, you have to find a way to make this work for you. This is where highlighting comes in. Using bright and colorful highlighters can help different words or sentences stand out in text, making it more visually appealing.
While flashcards are an effective learning technique for kinaesthetic learners, they are also a fantastic way for visual learners to study! By drawing charts or diagrams on flashcards, this could be an even more effective way of learning for visual learners.
Replace words with symbols or initials
Finally, if you’re out of options and all you have is text in front of you, try turning these words into symbols or initials in your study notes. Symbols and initials help to increase the strength of association, which critical for visual learning.
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Angela Reynolds is a freelance writer and full-time teacher. In her classroom, she has a portable whiteboard for drawing and writing out diagrams for her students who need visuals to learn. She finds that this is a very effective and easy way to help her students learn!