Many people find it easier to remember things when they see pictures. The weather chart below shows high temperatures and low temperatures. Notice the placement of the thermometers. Rain and snow are low on the chart. That’s because they happen when the barometric pressure is low. High pressure means sunshine. You don’t have to memorize things – you can see them and if you are a visual learner, you will remember better.
If your child learns by seeing:
- They picture what people are saying
- Use pictures and colors to help them learn and remember
- Show them what to do while you are telling them
Take time to look at the pictures and ask them about what’s happening in the story. Encourage them to use their imagination. Talking about what they see helps develop the auditory style in the visual learner. Use pictures to help them understand where things go. Tape photos or drawings on drawers and cupboards, i.e. socks pictures on the sock drawer. This helps a visual learner to remember and it also helps develop the visual style in an auditory or kinesthetic learner. Show them what their name looks like by drawing out the letters together and taping it to their bedroom door or over their coat hook. This will help them recognize their name at school and make it easier for them to find their things. Information presented in pictures, charts, or diagrams is easily remembered.
- have strong visualization skills. They can look up (often up and to the left) and ‘see’ the information invisibly written or drawn.
- can make ‘movies in their minds’ of information they are reading. Their movies are often vivid and detailed.
- often pay close attention to the body language of others (facial expressions, eyes, stance, etc.)
- have a keen sense of awareness of the aesthetics, the beauty of the physical environment, visual media, or art.
- have strong development of visual-spatial skills and understand concepts like sizes, shapes, textures, angles, and three-dimensional depth.