Visual Learners

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