Learning Through Visual and Spatial Perspectives

A visual/spatial learner quickly grasps the big picture of concepts and ideas. The learner can understand a lot of information quickly rather than smaller steps at a time.

Visual/spatial learners can use overviews and summaries, but they need to be certain not to overlook smaller details. Some learning strategies of visual/spatial learners include the necessity of focusing on the learning objectives of the class. It may help to meet with the teacher.

This type of learner needs to keep the big picture in mind. It may help to close your eyes and visualize the information or problem. When the concept is learned, it will be a good idea to take the new information and put it in a new situation.

Look for visual materials when studying. Use pictures, graphs and maps as much as possible. Visual/spatial learners will benefit from using technology, so take advantage of any programs that your teacher may post or recommend or that you may find.

When listening to lectures, visual/spatial learners need to avoid any distractions. Go ahead and organize your notes, lecture handouts and other documents quickly so they will be available for review. When reading the textbook, visual/spatial learners need to grasp the overall content of the chapter by looking at pictures, titles, charts and diagrams. Highlighters will be good for you. If you can write in the book, it will be a good idea to mark important ideas.

Visual/spatial learners will do well on essay and short answer tests. They will also do well with class presentations and demonstrations.

Last Updated: 08/20/2013

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