SUMMARY: Is your child a visual learner? During this guide, we outline study tips for visual learners.
Does your child learn best by gathering information with visual cues? This means that your child is probably a visual learner.
No matter where your child attends school, whether they are at GIIS Smart Campus or anywhere else in the world, visual learners tend to need to see the material right in front of them, either written or drawn, in order to truly learn and understand it. Visual learners are typically keen observers who are attracted to screens and other visual content, including illustrations and art.
If you think that your child might be visual learning, we recommend using these study tips for visual learners to play to their visual strengths:
- Teach visual notes. We recommend helping your child learn how to incorporate visual aids into their notes. For example, when they write down information or notes on a particular subject, they can sketch or draw a related image next to it. Visual learners tend to benefit from drawing lines that connect related points, creating graphs that illustrate a particular idea, and drawing images that help them remember and retain information. Using these visual notes will help your visual learner child better process information and actually understand the notes they are reading.
- Watch movies or videos. We also recommend helping your visual learner child learn a specific subject better by watching movies or videos about it. Your visual learner child will probably make a better sense of the content by seeing it come to life. We suggest watching educational videos with them that complement what they are learning in class. Your child will probably benefit from watching historical films, biopics, and other movies that relate to the education material they are learning in school.
- Use visualization. Visual learners tend to have vivid memories, so positive visualization is typically very useful for them. For example, ask your child to imagine themselves getting their paperback with an A at the top. Athletes tend to use this technique frequently with great success by imaging winning at their upcoming games or events. There is a lot of skepticism around the visualization technique, but it really works. There’s no harm in trying, so we recommend trying the visualization technique at least once with your child to see if it works for them.
- Provide visual study materials. In addition to visual notes, we also recommend buying some visual study materials for your visual learner child. You and your child can shop together for visually stimulating materials. They can use stickers, bright and colorful folders, and colored sticky notes to keep their papers well organized. We recommend trying color-coded highlighters, as these can often be helpful for visual learners when they are studying. Your child might also benefit from posters or other visual aids that you can either purchase or encourage them to create.
- Enhance the workspace. Visual learners also tend to concentrate better on their work and studies when their workspaces are aesthetically pleasing. We recommend providing your child with a desk or work area that is free from clutter and other distractions. You can also put up some posters and other positive reinforcements in order to help your child feel calm and focused while they are studying.
- Use a representation. There are different contexts in which your visual learner child can see the material displayed in front of them. For example, museums have a lot of different visual aids that assist with visual learning. We recommend visiting a museum with an exhibit that is relevant to what your child is learning in class. Books with plenty of illustrations and diagrams can be helpful tools for your visual learner child.
- Use flashcards. Another great way for your child to learn better as a visual learner is to use flashcards. Flashcards can help your child remember and retain all of the key terms and vocabulary words they need to learn. We recommend having your child create a set of flashcards and illustrating them with relevant pictures and symbols in order to help boost their retention.
- Make outlines. Outlines are a great organizational tool for helping visual learners. Your visual learner child can create an outline and structure all the information they need to learn, using bullet points, headings, and subheadings. They can also outline chapters in their textbooks as they read, then review their outlines when they are preparing for upcoming exams and tests.
- Ask teachers for handouts. We also recommend asking your child’s teacher or having them ask their teacher for visual handouts. Handouts can help your visual learner child keep track of the information presented during class.
- Create graphs and charts. If your child is learning information, during a math or science class, for example, that can be organized into a graph or chart, we recommend having your child create graphs and charts in the margins of their notebook. Seeing information in a structured format will help your child remember it.