Study Strategies for Visual-Spatial Learners
Individuals’ cognitive acquisition depends on how they register information. People will use one sense more than others while processing information. Individuals wishing to discover their own learning characteristics will require accountability in selecting, managing, and identifying their personal learning styles through several resources such as online self-assessments, establishment-wide assessments, or at-profession assessments. Learning styles among people vary and may differ from their peers. The three main types of learning styles are auditory, kinesthetic, and visual (Learning Style, 2009). Auditory learners do not need to pay attention to surroundings and are more likely to acquire information by reading aloud, talking, or whispering to themselves. Kinesthetic learners learn and benefit from hands-on experience and require staying active. Visual learners find writing notes, illustrations, and presentations beneficial and often are neat and clean (Ristuccia, 2001).
According to Schmidt (2009), visual-spatial learners are the most common of the three learning styles. This type of learner can absorb many details at once and make quick decisions based on recent acquisitions. However, for visual-spatial learners to obtain information effectively, visual materials support is a requirement to process learning. For visual learners, linear sequential thinking is difficult and demands a translation of thought processes, requiring more time. Therefore, this type of learner should never try the sequential steps but to look for visual aspect of topic to understand the idea better.
Visual learners’ objectives involve receptive information such as visual cues to acquire knowledge and understanding. Without using cues to support acquisition, visual learners are more likely to have challenges absorbing words and thus will reject essential information. Handing a paper to visual learners to read will result in holding and reading at a later time.
To visual learners, reading and reviewing deliberately such as taking notes or highlighting specific words using different colors, is a requirement to acquire information or complete tasks accurately. As abstract thinkers, they find visual presentations effective. Examples of visual presentations are textbooks with diagrams and pictures, different visual media, and lecturers who use gestures and picturesque language. Staying resourceful by looking for new visual methods such as PowerPoint demonstration is a must to able to keep up with good studying habits. Closing eyes in a quiet environment to retrieve ideas and study details will improve study habits.
Frequent rehearsals using flash cards or study aids will give an opportunity for visual learners to revisit recent lessons and associate with new ideas or situations. Learning methods for visual learners does not require much effort; however, enthusiasm plays an important factor.
Instructors working with visual learners must decide how to instruct the students including instructional delivery, course context, and integrated activities. Adopting specific strategies for effectiveness such as supplying summary documents including related pictures, providing guided tours, and using media medium like videos, and Internet visuals will maximize learning benefits. Visual-spatial learners will benefit from instructors handing out or posting lecture notes on the course’s website immediately following class meetings. To create efficiency of visual learners’ learning process, instructors must commit to curriculum planning and instructional decision-making, and encourage students to have accountability in their learning and be more active in the learning process.
Visual-spatial learners need to be responsible in maintaining good study habits and therefore, become successful in all scholar courses. To assert by using strategies such as staying resourceful and communicating with instructors on obtaining visual resources for studying and reviewing coursework, will increase efficiency in long-term educational acquisition experience.
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