Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | December 7, 2009

Even more specific ideas for Visual learners

The ideas for Visual learners continue from the last post…

More ideas on how to take advantage of visuals when possible

  • Use visual association and imagery. For example, if my son is learning about the ocean, I might talk to him about remembering the beach we visited on vacation. We could discuss the plants, animals, insects, smells, sounds, etc. from that beach, and then relate it back to what he is learning.
  • Use written repetition. For example, when your child is practicing spelling words, have your child write out the words that he or she is having more difficulty with. If a visual learner writes the words several times, he or she is better able to picture the word and remember how to spell it.
  • Cluster data together to help your child remember it. For example, if your child is learning spelling words that are similar, try writing them down and putting them together in order. Point out where the words have similarities and where they have differences.
  • Post-its and to-do lists work well with visual learners. As your child gets older and becomes more responsible for organizing his  or her homework process, these tools can be a help to visual learners. Our son’s teacher introduced this concept by teaching the students to write down which homework is due for each class topic. They have to do this daily, and the regular practice helps him to learn how to use a homework “to do” list.
  • When preparing to write essays, have the learner write out the main points first, or have him or her draw a visual of the answer before beginning to write the essay. The actual writing process will be easier for this visual learner, because he or she has already imagined the answer from beginning to end.
  • Visual learners tend to remember faces, but might forget names. When I was in high school or college, I could remember the face of someone I played basketball against back when I was in fifth grade, and my friends always thought that was wild. “How can you remember her from that long ago?” they’d ask me. But my struggle was with remembering names.  To help with remembering names, I often used visual association. For example, imagine that you know someone named Justin, and he has bright red hair. Then imagine that you meet someone else named Justin, and he has dark brown hair. You might create a picture in your mind of the new Justin you’ve met with bright red hair. For a while that picture of the new Justin you’ve met will help you to associate his name with your first friend with the same name.  That can help you to remember his name initially, and then eventually you won’t need the visual association to remember his name anymore.

Soon I will begin giving more specific ideas for Kinesthetic learners.



  1. I very much enjoyed reading about these types of learning styles. I know that these are the types most used in schools too. However, there are 9 different learning styles. I know that all styles cannot be focused on in schools, but it may help educators to know that there are more than 3 or 4 styles out there and that kids who may be having learning issues in a classic school setting may not have one of the more prevalent/mainstream learning styles. I have 4 musical learners in addition to other styles, but it’s good to realize that there are many different styles and that your child may have one of those and will flourish in other ways of learning too.

    • Thanks Jen! Yes, there are different “break downs” of types of learning styles. I chose this one grouping of three types: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic, to focus on in thie blog series, but I realize there are even more groupings out there. It would be great to hear from others on more types that they’ve researched as well. I love how the musical learning style connects with Math too, Jen.

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