Am I a Visual Learner?
If you’ve just taken our ‘What Type Of Learner Am I?’ infographic quiz, then you might have just found out that you are a visual learner.
You’re not alone – according to a study published by the Social Science Research Network, 65 per cent of us are thought to be best suited to this learning style.
So, what does this mean and how can understanding how you learn make a difference when it comes to your corporate training?
What are visual learners good at?
As the name suggests, visual learners tend to remember what they see rather than what they are trying to listen to, and respond well to imagery.
Often, they are able to ‘visualise’ objects or plans easily, meaning they can form them in their mind’s eye without necessarily having to put pen to paper first. Their spatial sense is good, meaning their sense of direction is generally better than non-visual learners, while deciphering maps is something they find easy.
Finally, visual learners are good at recognising when something is out of alignment or incomplete, and are quite happy to organise information so it is well-ordered and easier to digest.
What are a visual learner’s weaknesses?
Visual learners sometimes struggle with recalling instructions that have been delivered verbally, and can be prone to tuning out when trying to pay attention to someone who is speaking to them.
This tendency to get distracted can make a big difference when participating in seminars, so people of this learning type should try to minimise their chances of being drawn away from their training facilitator – by sitting out of view from a window, for example.
Additionally, visual learners find it difficult to absorb information that is presented in large chunks of text, without being accompanied by imagery.
When beginning a project, they may also find it challenging to get to work unless an overall view and purpose of their work has already been defined.
What training techniques are best for visual learners?
As you might expect, the inclusion of graphs, mind maps, charts and other visual aids can be highly effective when this type of learner is trying to absorb new information.
Visual learners benefit from taking notes rather than recalling straight from memory, so should write down what they feel is important. Using different colours to highlight key details can also be useful in helping them commit to memory. These notes can then be transformed into pictures to make them more memorable.
When it comes to studying for an exam or course assignment, organising the information into mind maps and displaying them on the wall of their study area can be another effective technique. However, they shouldn’t be too text heavy – so images, colours and charts should be incorporated as often as possible.
The order of how facts are absorbed can make a difference to visual learners. Because of the way they take in new information, finding out the big picture first is a must. Only then will the smaller details make sense.
Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that there are plenty of variations of visual learning, and all of these tips might not necessarily be as effective to you as they would be to other visual learners. Therefore although this is likely to be your predominant learning type, you may also benefit from tips relating to kinaesthetic and auditory learners. Bear this in mind when trying out new training techniques, and don’t be afraid to mix things up if you feel as though information isn’t sticking as well as you would like.
At LCT, all of our courses are tailored to the individual delegates’ needs, so our seminars are always suited to your style of learning – no matter what that may be.