Visual Learners Traits and Teaching Strategies

Does your child show common visual learners’ traits?

The ability to identify the learning style of each child helps tremendously for us, the parents, to teach them effectively. Though 65% of population learns visually but our children may not be one of them.

Close observation and tune our teaching method according to our children learning preference helps minimize frustration for both parent and child. It was only after many observations then I realized my son's visual learning preference.

Characteristics of Visual Learners

visual learner drawing
For visual learning preference child, he learns best from seeing information. Some of the common traits I have observed are:

  • Learn by Watching Others
  • Use Images to Remember
  • Prefer Face-to-Face Conversation
  • Distracted by Noise Easily
  • Enjoy Pictures, Drawings and Color-Oriented

Teaching Strategies

Based on the characteristics, we can deliver information in the most preferred method accordingly. Here are my personal experiences with my son.
Always Give Visual Cue in addition to Verbal Instruction
My son’s music teacher wanted the children to sing with accompanied simple action; nodding head, swinging arms and clapping hands. He cannot take his eyes off his teacher's action as he follows through. Even after many attempts, he was unable to follow through if the teacher was not there to show the actions.

Write It Down
Never do oral spelling with visual learners!

My son was playing with a compass. He asked me what does the S stands for. I told him S-O-U-T-H as I spell it out to him verbally. He just could not get it even after my several repetitions. He felt frustrated and requested me to spell it out on a piece of paper. Then he was satisfied after looking at the word.

As such, my teaching strategies for him when learning words:

-    Learn to Spell Words
He learns how to spell words by writing them down. I read the word from his spelling list and he writes it down instead of spelling it out verbally. There is a great improvement on his spelling skills after adopting this method.

-    Learn Synonym and Antonym
He learns synonym and antonym based on sight. He will write down each word on a small piece of paper. Mix them all up, then match the set of words. Challenge him to have a perfect score or involve the sister to play a round of word matching game.

Use Illustration and Drawings
In addition to write it down what they learned, visual learners can also benefit from drawing it out. Drawing is another form of expression by kids. It reinforces their understanding of concept.

-    Teach Math with Visual Model
math worksheet with drawings
Look what my son has done to the worksheet. It is great he found a method works well for him.
Mathematics concept may be abstract for kids to understand. An effective method to help my son solve math word problems is to draw it out.

MySingapore Math Worksheets are visually appealing. It comes with colorful visual model to assist kids to understand concept before moving into numeric terms without visual aids.

-    Educational Tools and Mathematics Manipulative
Educational toys such as jigsaw puzzles, mazes and board games are great learning tools for them. You will be surprised when the child starts telling you some details of the pictures on the puzzles, board games or books. Visual kids tend to notice details too.

Provide Attentive and Conducive Learning Environment
For several times, my son pulled my face towards him and make eye contact with me as he speaks. Having eye-contact and engaging face-to-face communication help him to listen and understand better. This is his preferred mode of communication.

Gives full attention and patience when teaching. Allow adequate waiting time for oral questions and answers as visual learners need to process image information into oral form.

No one is allowed into the study room when we teach him. This is to minimize distraction during our lesson time.

Have you noticed any of these traits in your child? Take your time to observe your kid during your daily interaction with him. Adopt the right teaching strategies and let your child learn effectively.


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