Have you ever wondered how your child learns? There are specific characteristics displayed by each type of learner that can help you determine how they process new information. Typically, visual learners seem to respond best to visual information where they can see concepts that are illustrated in front of them. To this end, they prefer to see demonstrations of what they are studying. They have a tendency to be distracted by sound and have trouble following spoken instructions. By understanding the conditions your child prefers in the classroom, you can help them study more effectively at home.
First and foremost, visual learners should be provided with a proper environment for studying. This means a quiet place free from auditory distractions and appropriately organized to keep them on task. Visual learners tend to respond well to highly organized surroundings, so to fulfill this need, try having your child organize their binder with color-coded dividers. You can also encourage them to underline, highlight, and circle important material in their notes to help emphasize what needs more attention.
For a visual learner to truly ingest the information they are studying, many times they need to see it written out in front of them or transformed into image-based concepts. You can help improve their study habits by having them write out the information they read in textbooks or handouts, or you can even push them to rewrite their notes over in order to commit the concepts to memory.
When your child is studying, make an effort to introduce different kinds of graphics that help to visualize the information they are trying to learn. If there is a useful visual aid in the textbook, have them copy the diagram into their notes. Most importantly, have them convert their notes into flowcharts, pictures, maps, diagrams, sketches, lists, and any other visual depiction that will help them remember the information.
Don’t be afraid to introduce your child to additional learning experiences that speak to their learning tendencies. Watching videos and movies can be a great way to introduce more information and expand their knowledge. YouTube is a great resource for educational videos that can help offer a different look at the subject they are learning.
When visual learners study, they tend to focus on memorizing the information. You should encourage them to practice memorization techniques that will help them recall facts easier. The most basic way to do this is to make flashcards that can help them study vocabulary, formulas, and their condensed notes.
After they have reviewed their notes, have them rewrite the information from memory in order to reinforce their understanding of the information. Have them recreate diagrams and charts, or even create their own from what they remember in order to play into their need to visualize ideas. Encouraging them to recall information from memory during study time will help them remember what they need to know come test time.