Ahh now I see it!
Let me begin with a story to explain the Visual learning style better. There is this maze runner championship; Jack, Joe participated in the same; and the rules of the game were:
- The runners have to navigate through the huge maze to win the Cash prize of 20 lakhs
- They will be given 10 chances and 2 days each to navigate through the maze
- Every section in the maze is uniquely color coded
Jack’s navigating style:
Jack could remember every color of the sections and differentiate between the sections he had already entered, this helped him navigate the maze within few chances, and the he emerged as winner.
Joe’s navigating style:
He dived into the maze and found it hard to remember the colors and ended up navigating the maze after lot of efforts only to come second.
If you observe Jack’s style of learning and navigating is visual. Let me tell you why; Learners who are visual are the ones who always think in pictures; they are keen observers of facial expression and body language. Their learning is enhanced by what they see. Do you remember someone in your school days, who used to sit in the front bench, observing, seeing the images on the board, or a boss who would ask for graphs instead of numbers? I am sure you are one of them or would have encountered someone like that.
Visual learner may learn best by means of any of these mentioned mediums:
- Illustrated Books
- Interactive Whiteboard
- Videos Handouts
When preparing learning environment for the visual learners, one can keep these learning strategies in mind:
- Use appropriate layout, color and spatial organization during the associations; integrate ‘visual words’ in your assertions. Examples: see, perspective, picture, map and visual
- Implement mind maps. Use pictures and color instead of text, wherever feasible
- Use systems diagram as it enables you to visualize the connection between parts of a system. Replace words with pictures, use colors to highlight minor and major links
- Practice story technique/visual journey, it helps you to memorize the content that isn’t easily available to ‘see.’ This method is a good way to memorize the procedures.
- Create flashcards with regards to key information; be as concise as possible
- Use lot of symbols, pictures or diagram instead of text
- Use visual reminders of information
And how can one forget diagrams in our biology text books and pictorial depiction of Atom, heroes in the history. These were our first introduction towards the world of images and learning through these depictions. If you are thinking about how one can know what each ones learning style is, we will explain about it at the end of this series, we still have three more learning styles to cover up, stay tuned.