The Visual Learner
I am a Visual Learner, and in order for me to retain information, everything I learn has to be digested thru my eyes. I took the Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire, by Barbara A. Soloman, And Richard M. Felder, to find out the learning style I prefer. The data, although it sounded convincing, left me with a lack of satisfaction. The results showed that I was Multimode, with a high preference towards the Visual Learning Style. I interpreted the data as meaning that I was able to function under different teaching styles and still retain the necessary information to succeed. Not quite convinced, and in search of true satisfaction I took the VARK Questionnaire hoping that the results would be different, but the results were the same there is no denying I am a Visual Learner like most of the entire population. Now the big question is, how can I as a Visual Learner help myself to learn?
How can I help myself learn as a Visual learner? By finding diagrams, sketches, flow charts, or any other visual represe
Difficulties associated with most Visual Learners include not been able to take action before either seeing or reading about what needs to be done, and not being able to turn off sounds. They can spend long periods of time studying as long as they have quiet. Now it is time to put to use what I have learned. When writing, repetition is a good idea especially if it is spelling. Most are excellent readers and spellers. Hopefully the same can happen to me. I know my strengths, and my weaknesses. The use of notes and flash cards for review of material, vocabulary, and terminology for a specific course is recommended. The visual journey or story technique will help me memorize content that is not easy to "see". The Visual Learner should see the words mentally and then reproduce them on paper. Visual Learners will remember all faces, although they are terrible at remembering names. Preparing a concept map by listing key points, enclosing them in boxes or circles, and drawing lines with arrows between concepts to show the connections can help me memorize material, also Color-coding notes with a highlighter so that everything relating to one topic is the same color (Felder 1988). Replacing words with pictures, and again, coloring to highlight major and minor links. ntation of course material that is predominantly verbal.