Does your child like to read, use maps, learn from graphs? He or she may well be a visual learner. These students understand and remember information best when it is presented in ways they can see. Watch your youngster’s interaction with information. Does he or she scan for pictures and graphics before reading?
Visual learners respond well to reminder posters and other forms of visual input. Here are some other ways to engage your visual learner:
- Use graphic organizers. These study and organizational tools highlight relationships between bits of information. Some classic graphic organizers that we all are familiar with include timelines and webs used to plan writing pieces. Examples of graphic organizers include Venn Diagrams and the typical depiction of the water cycle with its circle of arrows showing how water evaporates, forms clouds, is precipitated, then evaporates once more.
- Color code for memory aids. Visual learners respond well to color-coding information. You can write all formulas in red, for example, or highlight important information in the text with yellow for people to remember and pink for dates.
- Color code for skill building, too. Visual learners who are learning about reading and spelling will do well if you color code vowels or letter clusters to pay close attention to or affixes.
- Create and use reminder posters and displays. Visual learners will be able to close their eyes and recall exactly what was on the poster even after you remove it. It’s a great way to help them study for upcoming tests.
- Watch video clips with visual learners. Video games also can help aid memory.
- Use visual aids such as pictures, charts and graphs to help focus a visual learner’s attention on important information.
- Play “memory” with bits of matched information such as questions and answers, dates and events, or causes and effects.
Your young visual learner may need some guidance to find the best ways to boost personal studying and learning. Be prepared to explore lots of options together as you discover exactly what works for your student.
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