How to Teach Visual Learners

Published on
May 4, 2022

It is estimated that up to 65% of the population can be categorized as visual learners. Many visual learning methods exist that can be used in classrooms that can make learning both possible and enjoyable. The use of these methods increases students' chances of learning well and performing at their best.

How could teachers help their students visually learn and perform better in the classroom? 

  • Use of illustrated materials - One of the most obvious and helpful things for visual learners is highly illustrated materials. This could be things that are on computers or computer software. These could be heavily illustrated books and other two-dimensional materials. Also, engaging videos can help to present information to the child both visually and audibly.
  • Visualization - Visual learners should also be encouraged to actively visualize so they can imagine in their minds what it is that they're reading. The best way to encourage visualizing is through artistic expression, which means, if they are solving a math problem, they can use whatever information they want. Numbers versus objects.
  • Journals - in which students are allowed to record the pictures, thoughts, and feelings that come to mind as they learn can provide students with a reference book that helps them tap into what they’re learning and more, how they are processing what they take in.
  • Manipulatives - Manipulatives can also be used specifically for math. As an alternative to writing numbers and carrying the one, they are using manipulatives to make sense of the 1 or 10 units. Visual learners can also benefit from color-coded highlighters and markers, which make it easy for them to recognize different elements of a problem based on color. A child can also use an abacus for math; the colored, moving beads of the abacus are perfect for visual learners.  An abacus is extremely beneficial to these learners' developmental math education. Actually, manipulatives of any kind are extremely beneficial to visual learners.
  • Use of models - The ability to use models or other constructs in subjects such as science or social studies is extremely helpful for visual learners, as it reinforces their visual process with touch as well.
  • Engaging videos - Students can learn about a wide variety of topics, from colors to biology to astronomy, by watching engaging videos of the right age. The relaxed environment provided by videos allows students to absorb a good deal of information in what can feel like a day at the movies, though that is not always the case.
  • Internet - Almost every topic is now accessible to students around the globe thanks to the Internet. Students who learn visually are empowered to understand the most basic and most complex topics through Google and other search engines.


Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.

Amanda T.

Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.

Alexa H.

Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!

Charlotte M.

Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

Thank you!

Olivia C.

Seems much less frustrated with life

Reads non-stop and fast

Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

Seems much more confident

Thank You!!!

Kelly O.

When we first came to the practice, my son did not have huge issues, but lots of small ones- trouble with reading, sports (hitting the baseball consistently), coordination, etc- that were not easily detectable,but when put together presented issues. The staff here were all very professional and loving towards him. While I was concerned in the reading, my son was concerned with the athletic side. Seeing improvement night off the bat gave him confidence that i have nor seen in him and made him want to not only Come to therapy, but also made him want to work hard. He has surpassed his grade level and above in reading and hit his first home run this year! Thank you!!!

Alice M.
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