Making up about 65% of the population, visual learners absorb and recall information best by seeing. Some of their primary characteristics include:
- Love books, magazines, and other reading materials
- Relate best to written information, notes, diagrams, maps, graphs, flashcards, highlighters, charts, pictures, computers.
- Like to have pen and paper handy
- Enjoy learning through visually appealing materials
- Feel frustrated and restless when unable to take notes.
- May have exceptional photographic memories
- Can remember where information was located on a page
- Need a quiet place to study
- Benefit from recopying or making their own notes, even from printed information
- Have trouble following long lectures
- Tend to be good at spelling
- Benefit from field trips where observation skills can be used
- Tend to be detail-oriented
- Are usually organized and tidy
- Often ask for verbal instructions to be repeated
- Benefit from previewing reading material.
- Skilled at making graphs, charts or other visual displays
- Write down directions or draw a map
- Need to see the instructor’s facial expressions and body language
- Concentrate better with clear line of sight to blackboard or visual aids
- Remember how people looked and dressed in the past
- Prefer written instructions to oral ones.
- Don’t remember names easily.
Suggestions for Visual Learners
- Write things down
- Jot down key points on post-it notes and display around the house
- Copy what’s on the board
- Sit near the front of the classroom to see instructor clearly
- Write key words
- Create visual reminders of auditory info
- Use mind maps to summarize large tracts of information
- Take notes
- Make lists
- Watch videos
- Use flashcards
- Use highlighters, underlining, etc.
Preferred Test Styles for Visual Learners
essays, diagramming, maps, demonstrating a process
Worst Test Type
listen and respond
Possible Career Paths
visual artists, inventors, architects, interior designers, mechanics, engineers, navigators, sculptors