Learning Styles – Visual Learners

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Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists of not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes”, and in most probability, this is what fairly defines a visual learner.

It is quite likely that you already know that your little one is a visual learner, and this can be simply observed by his dependence on the sense of sight to learn pretty much everything. Yes, in a lot of ways a visual learner is like a new born child who waits for some or the other visual stimulus to attract him, and then uses it to learn an action, recognise a person, and probably pick his first toy. Now isn’t that exhilarating?

Identifying a Visual Learner

Now that you know the basic tendencies of a visual learner, let us understand some of the basic traits that will help you in identifying whether or not your child is someone who learns by seeing! It’s rather easy to deduce this.

Simply notice, if he’s someone who like to flip pages if a book, play with puzzles, or is easily attracted to various colours and their interplay.  As a visual learner, your child will be very observant, paying keen attention to people’s gestures and facial expression while they speak. He’s grasping will be accentuated when taught anything through pictures, charts or words, rather than just by speaking.

If your child is between 1-4 years of age, you can also identify his learning style by observing how he likes to keep his things. Visual learners usually like to work in places that are clean and organised. It helps them get a better sense of the surroundings. They enjoy all elements of learning such as drawing, writing, and reading. Since it all involves optimal use of their sense of sight. In fact, more often than not, a visual learner will instinctively have a good handwriting!

Ways to Enhance Visual Learning

If you’ve been wondering, what’s the best way to aid learning for visual learners, it is nothing but a clean and organised environment, which is aptly lit up! In such a space, if he is exposed to diagrams, charts, or simply textual context, with a generous dose of colours being involved, your child will exhibit an unmatched learning capacity! And while you do it all, make sure you often make eye-contact with him, and most importantly always remember, he is observant of your emotions and often understands your feelings even when you’re not explicitly expressing them! Now how’s that for a toddler, who’s probably just taking his first steps or picking his favourite colour!