If your learning style is visual, the ideas in this list will help you make the most of the time you have for learning and studying.
For more information about the visual learning style:
1. Watch videos
Videos are one of a visual learners best friends! You can learn almost anything from the videos found all over the Internet today. We made a list for you: 8 Places to Find Free Educational Videos
2. Ask for a demonstrationVisual learners need to see how something is done. Whenever possible or practical, ask for a demonstration. Once you see something in action, it's easier for you to understand it.
3. Make graphs and charts
When you're learning information that can be organized in a graph or a chart, make one. It doesn't have to be fancy. Scribble one in the margins of your notebook. If you're the digital type, learn Excel
and become proficient at creating spreadsheets. Seeing information in this form will help you remember it.
4. Create outlinesOutlines are another great organization tool for the visual learner. See your information in headings, subheadings, and bullet points. Create outlines in your notebook as you read, or choose highlighters in different colors and create colored outlines right in your materials.
5. Make mind maps
If you haven't drawn a mind map before, you will really love this idea. A mind map is a visual picture of your thoughts. Grace Fleming, Guide to Homework Tips, has a nice gallery of mind maps
, and shows you how to create them.
6. Incorporate white space in your notesWhite space is important to visual learners. When we cram too much information into one space, it's really difficult to read it. Think of white space as an organization tool and use it to separate information, making it easier for you to see differences and remember them.
7. Draw picturesI'm not a huge advocate of drawing in books, but drawing pictures in the margins of your material will help you remember. The pictures should be of whatever it is you associate with the learning.
8. Use symbolsSymbols are powerful things. Use them to help you remember information. Marking your notes and your materials with question marks or exclamation marks will help you visualize where that information came from when it comes time to retrieve it from your memory.
10. Envision using the new informationSome people are better than others at applying what they've learned. Visual learners can increase their application skills by seeing themselves using the information or envisioning whatever it is being learned. Become a movie director in your own mind.