…Continued from Learning to Learn in Order to TeachVisual
|Incidence and Trivia
||Recognition of Primary Learning Style
||Teaching Strategies Directed at Primary Learning Style
|By Grade 2 or 3 some students have become visual learners, as they process more and more information through reading and pictures.
- Quiet, deliberate. Plans in advance. Organizes thoughts by writing them; lists problems
- Always seems to ask somebody to repeat what s/he just said.
- Sometimes found staring out the window when actually trying to pay attention to something else.
- Often knows what they want to say, but just can’t think of the words.
- Sometimes accused of talking with hands or calling something a thingamajig or a whatyacallit.
- May have been in speech therapy some time previously (or currently).
- Has trouble understanding a person who is talking unless able to watch the person’s face while s/he is speaking.
- Remembers faces, forgets names.
- Would rather receive directions in a demonstration format than in spoken form.
- When watching TV or listening to the radio, someone is always asking to turn down the volume.
- Says “Huh?” or “Eh?” too much.
- Would rather demonstrate how to do something than make a speech.
- Cannot distinguish spoken words that sound similar (bell-bill, pin-pen, Mary-marry)
- Trouble remembering things unless written down e.g. telephone numbers.
- Likes board games such as checkers better than listening games.
- Sometimes makes mistakes when speaking (like saying “He got expended from school.”).
- Likes art work better than music.
- Must go over most of the alphabet in order to remember whether, e.g.. M comes before R.
- Usually answer questions with yes or no rather than with complete sentences.
- Can do a lot of things that are hard to explain with words (like fixing machines or doing macramé).
- Always doodling on the edges of your papers
- Uses words such as see, look, and watch, etc. “I can’t picture that”
- Allow student to sit at the front of a classroom to better watch facial expressions, etc.
- Use graphics to reinforce learning; films, slides, illustrations, diagrams and doodles. Use ‘show’ rather than just ‘tell’.
- Use a highlighter to color code and organize notes and possessions.
- Provide written directions.
- Use flow charts and diagrams for note taking.
- Visualize spelling of words or facts to be memorized.
- *Reading – ‘Print oriented’ people depend more on words or numbers in their images.
- Visual learners are more shape- and form-oriented.
- Provide handouts to illustrate ideas.
- Provide a quiet place to study away from verbal/auditory disturbances.
- Provide illustrated books.
- Help learners visualize information as a picture to aid memorization.
This doesn’t exactly fit your profile or that of a child or student you might have been thinking of? Go on to
Learning to Learn the Auditory Way or
Learning to Learn the Kinesthetic/ Tactual Way and see if either more closely match the person.
If you know of a ‘pure’ Auditory learner and have tried other methods successfully to engage their learning and retention of information, please feel free to add your tips via email below.
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