Study Tips for Visual Learners

Who are the visual learners? Visual learners learn best through seeing. They tend to remember what they read or see more than what they’ve heard.


Note: While the ideas below are geared towards the strengths of visual learners, effective note organization and understanding how to use diagrams to one’s advantage are great study skills for all learners.


Study Strategies for Visual Learners:


  • Create images, pictures, charts, and diagrams of information, ideas, concepts, and processes.


  • Organize information visually to study it in a way that sticks. Graphic organizers are great for sorting and showing relationships between pieces of information. They work for every subject! Examples of graphic organizers include: concept maps, flow diagrams, cause and effect diagrams, Venn diagrams, main ideas and details charts, thematic maps, network trees, spider maps, compare-contrast matrices, and timelines. Several online teacher resources have great examples such as


  •  Use highlighters and colored pencils to color code notes. Highlight vocabulary words in green, important people in blue, or examples of metaphor in a novel for English class in pink. Find a system that works for you. Note: If you need to highlight something in a book that belongs to the school, highlighter tape comes in a bunch of colors and easily peels off without leaving marks on your pages.


  •  Store a small whiteboard in the study area. This allows the opportunity for quick diagramming or drawing out relationships when studying. A whiteboard allows for easy revision when first mapping something out. It can always be transferred to paper for future studying.


  • Make use or online tutorials and videos. Seeing someone solve a problem may be just the trick to understanding a process. Online academic videos are a convenient study tool. Try different websites to find one that you learn best from.


  • Don’t be afraid underline text and jot in the margin of your notes. Write something down so you can read it again later or call attention to information with arrows or underlines. Small stickers can be used in textbooks.


  • Use flashcards to practice concepts and vocabulary.


If you find a strategy that works well in one subject, look for ways to adapt that strategy to your other subjects. Once you identify your strengths as a learner, use them as often as you can!


Written by Sarah K., Novastar Prep English/Creative Writing Learning Coach


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