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Tips for Catering for the Visual Learner

 

 

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One of the most frustrating trends in education is the lack of support given to visual learners. Whilst visual learners constitute over 60% of the student population, many are mistakenly thought of as developmentally slow or suffering from a learning difficulty. The truth is, many teachers either have little idea how to cater for a visual learner or simply find it difficult to adequately accommodate them.

Below are some tips that may prove useful:

  • provide visual cues or prompts to aid memory of visual learners
  • help visual learners by providing a visual cue at the same time as another learning style cue (such as auditory or kinesthetic)
  • provide visual learners with displays of information that they can take in as their eyes stroll around the room while you are speaking (posters, displays, language learning tip sheets)
  • provide extensive practise and recall opportunities to encourage learners to consolidate their learning into their long term memory, regardless of the learning styles they prefer
  • talk to students about learning styles, and making them aware of the different ways that people often prefer to take in information
  • remember that any good lesson, regardless of learning styles, includes reminders about what has been covered previously, an outline of upcoming content, and ample revision and practise of skills.

 

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