Most people in the world are visual learners. But how do you study better if you’re a visual learner? In this article, we outline 5 top study tips for visual learners.
1. Make a vision board
With pressure to complete so many exams and schoolwork, it’s understandable that you get deflated and demotivated from time to time. Creating a vision board displaying your goals and ambitions in visual form can help you to stay on track. For visual learners, we need to be able to see, in images and colours, the goals we’re trying to achieve. Try creating a vision board e.g. with a pin board or a piece of scrap cardboard, and cover it with your motivations for studying. Outline your long-term and short-term goals and put your board somewhere you can see it while studying.
2. Create visual notes
Remember that your notes are supposed to be there to help you to retain information. It’s no use creating boring notes that you won’t read, so try creating visual notes including diagrams and images to help you to remember. If you’re a visual learner, you will find this helpful because your eyes will be drawn to what’s on the page and the images will likely be embedded in your mind.
3. Watch documentaries (and movies)
If you’re a visual learner, you will likely appreciate it when there’s a movie version of a book. Watching a movie or documentary related to your study helps your visual mind to make sense of a topic in the 3D world we live in. You see movies and documentaries as an extension of what you’ll learn from books and in class, however, try not to depend on them completely. Remember that movies are almost always different to their book versions, so always ensure you’re doing both!
4. Make your study area visually appealing
Make sure your study desk is clean and tidy and just how you like it. Where you study matters just as much as what you study, it’s the difference between being able to focus solely on your work and being completely distracted by chaos in your environment. Make a habit of treating your study space like a sacred place. Keep it tidy, design it in a way that makes you feel inspired, and always ensure it’s equipped with all the things you need to execute the perfect study sesh.
5. Turn your notes into a presentation
As a visual learner, you may find it helpful to compile your notes into visual form to show your understanding of something. Try creating either a presentation or a video that explains your understanding of the topic. You’ll likely appreciate seeing information in this way and can use it as a reference point to go back to during assignments.
There are so many ways you can improve your studies by knowing the type of learner you are. Try these strategies and see how they work for you!