Learning Techniques For The Visual Learner

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by Patrice on January 6, 2011 · 0 comments

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Learning techniques are helpful because every child has a different learning style. Moms with more than one child may recognize that the teaching tips and techniques that they have mastered for the first born just don’t seem to work with the baby of the family.

Don’t panic, mom. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is a slow learner. The most logical explanation is that your child learns in a different way.

There are several types of learning styles. The main types are auditory, physical (kinesthetic) and visual. A visual learner learns new things by watching.

A few clues that parents can use to identify the child as a visual learner can show up early in your child’s development and allow the parent to adapt the learning techniques they use to teach the child. Learn about child development so you are more prepared to help your children succeed in their education.

  • In younger kids, pay attention to how they react to noise. Does it easily distract them? Do they tend to overact to some sounds?
  • Does the child have a hard time speaking to another unless they can see the other person?
  • Visual learners tend to be color oriented. Does your child arrange things by color?
  • Does the child pick up on patterns? Do they point out similarities and differences?
  • Does your child ‘talk with his hands’?

These are all signs pointing to the visual learning style. There are several learning techniques that can be used to help your visual learner succeed once you have discovered their learning style.

Use color as much as possible. Color coded stickers on the chore chart works better than words for younger visual learners.

When speaking to your visual learner, remember that they will have an easier time focusing on you if you speak face to face.

The visual learner can become distracted easily, so keep in mind that written directions have a better chance of being remembered and followed than verbal directions. The tendency to be easily distracted also means that the child will find studying and reading easier in a quiet area.

When the child is old enough to write, provide colored pencils, pens and highlighters. The colors will help the child visualize words so that they are more easily learned.

Colorful illustrations, diagrams and charts are also a tool to help the child visualize lessons so that they are remembered more successfully.

Once your visual learner enters school, make sure that the teacher is aware of what you have discovered about your child’s learning style. This will provide the teacher an early opportunity to use her teaching techniques to play to the learning strengths of your child and help them succeed.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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