by Farid Gasim
There are different types of learning methods for every kind of learner. But one of the most common cognitive styles is visual learning. Visual learning is a style in which a learner uses graphs, charts, maps, and diagrams. It is one of the three basic types of learning styles in the Fleming VAK model that also includes kinesthetic learning and auditory learning.
Yes, visual learners thrive best when they see stimulating content. However, it’s a common myth that visual learners only benefit from just staring at a computer screens or visuals. Parents, you can use these 11 tips to help your child learn, focus, and study.
- Learn to organize
As visual learners, you are very much vulnerable to other visual distractions. Don’t forget that a cluttered study area won’t work well for your child’s learning. Help your child by preparing a clean environment for him to study. Limit distractions such as television and toys. These items can halt focus and productivity.
- Visual outlines
When asked to write an essay or a writing assignment, it is extremely helpful for your child to learn and make visual outlines before proceeding to write down the whole essay. An outline gives direction as to where and how the whole essay will transpire.
- Well-organized materials
Apart from organizing the environment, visual learners thrive with very well-presented and clean learning materials. They do best when it is presented to them in an organized manner.
- Visual Associations
When visual learners try to memorize something, they go for visual associations with each concept or idea. Improve their memory by using the right visual aids. Flashcards, images, and written repetition are the best tools you can use as a teacher and a parent.
- Reconstruct images
Images can be used more than one time and in different arrangements. Make sure to fill up those areas with media when a visual learner has a page or sheet with lots of blank space.
- Visual reminders
Always try to remind your child using highly engaging visuals. You can use sticky notes, post-it notes, note pads, lists, journals, weekly planners -these are all great form of reminders for them.
- Record notes
Visual learners do well when their notes, materials, and references are clearly organized and written. It would be best if notes and learning materials are customized for the visual learner. Highlighters are useful tools to help in taking notes. You can also encourage them to draw pictures and graphs using multiple coloured pens.
- Association of visual cues
Another great way to learn, visual learners associate visual images with an idea, word, or term. For them, this is the best way to memorize or retain information.
- Visual Encoding
Encoding will help students with recollection. When studying, make sure difficult words are given some type of visual encoding. Visual learners should be given the chance to tie knowledge and images together.
Visual learners must always be active in group activities. They can benefit from great involvement in school.
- Seating Arrangement
If possible, request that your child is seated in front of the room where all the visual action takes place. Make sure he or she isn’t sitting near any large paintings, maps, or posters. Or else, they’ll easily get distracted by these visual aids.
Farid Gasim is Founder of EdArabia.com and has extensive experience in serving the Middle East education industry. As an integral part of media agency, Grafdom, Farid has developed marketing strategies for institutions and government agencies. He is a notable speaker with over 12 years of marketing expertise and numerous public engagements at New York University, Zayed University, Higher Colleges of Technology and other industry events & forums.