Visual Learners

Visual learners learn best when the content is presented in a written format or in another visual format such as pictures or diagrams. 

  • Ask for a demonstration. Visual learners do best when they see how something is done. Whenever possible, ask your instructor for a visual demonstration. Once you see the concept or principle in action, you’ll have an easier time understanding it and recalling it later.
  • Request handouts or copies of powerpoints covered in class. Before class begins, ask the teacher if there is a physical copy of the content you can review during the lecture. These materials will help you keep track of the information being presented in the lecture.
  • Don’t forget to incorporate white space. White space is important for visual learners. When too much information is crammed together on a page, it becomes difficult to read. Think of this as an organizational tool like any other and use it to separate information in your notes.
  • Draw symbols and pictures. Throughout your notes, use symbols to note important items — exclamation points for important information, question marks for information that’s confusing or that you need to study further, stars for information you understand fully. These notations help visual learners better analyze and recall the content. In addition, consider illustrating complex concepts or processes in a graphically pleasing way that you’ll remember later.
  • Create flashcards. Using flashcards can help visual learners remember key phrases and vocabulary. Create a set of flashcards to review as a visual cue later on. 

Format your notes and study materials in a way that is visually pleasing to your brain. If the information you are learning could be better organized as a graph or chart, take the time to make one. Alternatively, create outlines for textbook chapters as you read. Seeing information in a structured format helps visual learners remember it better.