Everyone learns differently, which can make teaching students or helping your child learn a new concept difficult. There are many styles of learning, but the three most common are auditory, kinetic, and visual. Understanding how to teach a visual learner will help you re-enforce concepts quicker.
It's important to remember that what works for one child may not work for another. Visual learners tend to have issues when they need to memorize words or facts, such as the multiplication tables.
Here are a few tips to help your visual learner.
1. Give Your Child Time to Answer
Visual learners do best when they have time to build the picture in their mind first. If you give your child a word math problem, he needs to visualize that problem happening in his head for it to make sense.
Try giving longer time for your student or child to answer the question. Another idea is to give the questions earlier in the day and let the child develop that picture in his mind before converting to words.
2. Color Code
Another great tactic is to color code his subjects, such as math, reading, and writing. He can highlight information by color. If he's reading a story, he can highlight people in pink, places in yellow, and important events in blue! By doing this, he is seeing the information developed on the page.
3. Let Him Look Away
You might want your child to look at you while he's supposed to be working on his reading lesson, but visual learners often need to look away. You might think he's daydreaming, but he's creating an image in his mind. When you force your child to look at you, he won't be able to listen his way, and that matters. If he can answer the questions, that's all that matters.
4. Use Math Manipulatives or Drawing
One way for your child to help understand math is by using visual manipulatives, such as blocks, to build and create the problems in the workbooks. You can also ask your child to draw out the problem to explain how he got the answer to his problem.
5. Practice Under Pressure
Visual learners struggle to put their mind images into words when they know they're pressed for time. Tests can be the enemy. So, make sure you practice often.
The more he practices, the more quickly he can do the problems. Try some games that use timers such as Boggle, Pictionary, or timed Scrabble.
6. Make Memorization Fun
Memorizing facts doesn't have to be a drag! Sometimes, kids have to memorize facts. That's just part of life, like when you need to learn all the states or build vocabulary lists.
Make it fun by creating images in his mind for each thing. Visual associations are a great mind trick, but they also make it easier to memorize.
Work with your student and child to find tactics that work for him. Visual learners are not unable to learn, but they often struggle because facts and learning styles don't work for them. With the right techniques, a visual learner can figure anything out.