Visual learning is a learning teaching style in which concepts, ideas, data, and other information is associated with techniques and images.
Students who are visual learners may find it helpful to close their eyes and visualize a piece of information they are trying to learn or memorize. If these visual learning students choose to use flashcards, they should limit the amount of information on each flashcard so that the information can be easily recalled in their minds. Too much information on one flashcard will cause overload for the visual learner, and they won’t retain any of the information
Other beneficial habits for visual learners include paying attention to the presentation or lecture. Although the presenter will keep talking or presenting PowerPoint slides if the students are looking out the window or looking at other people, the student won’t be able to retain and learn the material.
A second habit to get into if you are a visual learner is making illustrations while taking notes. Drawing relevant pictures along with your notes will assist in visualizing the information you are being taught. Use graphs, maps or other images to help you visualize and retain information. After the class has ended for the day, it is important to review and organize your notes. Doing so helps you sort the information so that it is meaningful to you.
When learning from textbooks, the visual learner will benefit from titles, graphs, charts and other visual aids throughout the textbook. If you are using a textbook that belongs to you, write notes or make illustrations in the margins; if it’s a textbook you shouldn’t be writing in, a separate notebook can be used for this purpose. Use highlighting to mark important ideas or concepts. You can even color-code highlighted text; say by using yellow for one level of importance, and bright pink for the next level of importance.
Drawing pictures of your goals gives you a clearer picture of what you are trying to achieve, and is particularly helpful for visual learners. You can also use a brain map or mind map to clearly see the relationships between disparate ideas. A brain map or mind map starts with one central idea or main key word. It then branches off into words, concepts, or ideas that can be directly or indirectly related to the main idea or key word. This type of organization of ideas also lends itself to brainstorming.
Map your task flow. This can be as simple as a flowchart with the beginning point being ‘if I do X, Y happens. What is the effect on Y if I do Z instead of X?’ You can also organize your thoughts on what needs to be done and what sequence if any actions need to follow. This type of mapping is helpful when the learning experience requires gaining knowledge in a specific sequence.
Use information design to give a visual representation of complex or unstructured data to viewers who are visual learners.