Study Strategies for the Visual Learner

Effective study tools to help the visual learner.
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Identifying your child’s learning style is part of the process in knowing how a child learns best and can help in determining effective study strategies.The brain typically gravitates towards one of the following learning styles:

  • Visual Learner: Learn by reading or seeing images.
  • Auditory Learner: Learn by listening or speaking out loud.
  • Tactile Learner: Learn by touching and doing, whether it be a physical activity or simulating an experience so as to create a personal connection. 

This post focuses on active study strategies for the Visual Learner, with upcoming articles offering strategies for auditory and tactile learners.

Study Strategies for the Visual Learner

Visual learners remember what they see. Flash cards and drawings are helpful for visual learners. Following are tools to help a child that has a visual learning style.

Use Symbols/Images

  • Create flashcards that include a symbol or drawing to help cue your brain of the definition.
  • Focus on memorizing three cards at a time. Once those are memorized, move on to the next three cards.
  • Make separate piles to indicate the words you answered correctly and incorrectly.

Color Code

  • On a sheet of paper, divide vocab words into similar categories so your brain visually sees how they fit together within a greater context. For example, chose a “happy” color for words that have a positive connotation and an “unhappy” color for words that have a negative connotation.  

Eliminate Lengthy Sentences

  • Re-write your notes in outline form using bullet points.
  • Skip lines to chunk the information based on topic

Create a picture with your words

  • Use graphic organizers, mind maps and timelines to show how the concepts relate and connect to one another.

Stay tuned for the next article to learn strategies that cater to the auditory learner.