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.

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