Visual Learning Style

Visual learning style is a style where ideas, concepts and information are associated with images and techniques. This  is one of the three types of learning styles, along with kinesthetic and auditory learning.

People with this approach --

  • Prefer using images, pictures, colors, and maps to organize information and communicate with others. 
  • Watch and observe. Can easily visualize objects, plans and outcomes in the mind's eye. 
  • Have a good spatial sense and a good sense of direction. Finds the way using maps.
  • Enjoy drawing, scribbling and doodling, especially with colors. Have a good dress sense and color balance.
  • Learn best by seeing, often preferring to sit in the front of the class and "watch" the lecture closely. Complex information is more easily understood with explanations using charts and pictures.
  • Use color, layout, and spatial organization for associations, and visual words such as, “see,” “picture,” “perspective,” “visual,” and “map” in speech.

Common Interests, Words and Phrases Used with
Visual Learning Style

Visual learners often enjoy the visual arts, architecture, photography, video or film, design, planning (especially strategic), and navigation.

They may use phrases such as:

  • ‘Let's look at it differently.’ ‘See how this works for you.’
  • ‘I can't quite picture it.’
  • ‘Let's draw a diagram or map.’
  • ‘I'd like to get a different perspective.’
  • ‘I never forget a face.’

Characteristics of
Visual Learning Style

  • Has a strong sense of color and fashion.
  • Needs to look at the person he’s talking to in order to keep focused.
  • Writes things down as a way of remembering.
  • Understands and likes charts, diagrams and outlines.
  • Has to ponder before understanding a speech or lecture.
  • Uses hands when talking. Is good at sign language.
  • May overreact to sounds or be easily distracted by noise.
  • Needs quiet study time.
  • Is good at spelling but forgets names.
  • May misinterpret words or not understand jokes.
  • Notices details and is tuned in to similarities and differences. 
  • Visualizes passages from books and scenes from oral stories.

How to Maximize Learning
for Visual Learners

  • Draw maps for history events or scientific processes.
  • Create outlines of text to be learned.
  • Copy black board material.
  • Ask for diagrams.
  • Take notes and make lists.
  • Watch videos.
  • Color code words and research notes.
  • Outline reading. Use flashcards.
  • Use highlighters, circle words and underline material.

The best test type for the is diagramming, maps, outlining for essays and showing the process. The most challenging test type is listening and responding tests.

For more information on learning styles, have a look at Understanding Different Learning Styles and Auditory Learning Style.

Go to Self Esteem Home Page 

For top tips and resources --

* indicates required