If everybody looked the same, we’d be tired of looking at each other. The mantra sold by Groove Armada all those years ago rings forever true; variety is certainly the spice of life. So, it follows that seems we don’t all dress the same, eat the same things, wear the same clothes or even use the same shower gel; we don’t remember things in the same way either. There are three types of learners - kinesthetic, visual and auditory; and this is the second article in our series on tips and revision tips for visual learners.
How do I know which type of learner I am?
First things first, you’ve got to figure out what type of learner you are.
Take the quiz here now to find out.
This article is only for Visual learners, so if you get auditory, check our article, HERE . If you’re a kinesthetic learner, then we saved the best for last. Hang on for the blog post on your special style of learning, coming soon.
Now, welcome, visual learner.
Your result wasn’t a great shock to you, was it? You’re no doubt aware that you have to look at a thing to really lock it down into your mind. If you struggle to remember quotes from books, but can remember every graph and pie-chart you ever looked at; then this is probably you. Rejoice, because you’re not alone. Studies have shown that a whopping 85% of people are visual learners. That’s the reason your lectures tend to have slides, graphs, videos and projection. Which, brings us to the first of our revision tips for visual learners…
1. Colour code
Highlighters, flash cards, different coloured gel pens or those cute little sticky post-it notes with different coloured ends are the toolbox of the visual learner. Essentially, you’ll help yourself if you can visualise, rather than memorise, your notes. Draw pictures where you can when you take your notes, and if you absolutely have to memorise sentences and phrases, try and make them look as much like a picture as you can. If you find that last piece of advice works wonder, then keep in mind progressing onto diagram sentences. Whichever you go for, make it bright, bold, colour coded - and it’ll suddenly be easy to remember.
2. Sit near your teacher
For this next one, you’ll thank god that clever is the new cool. Your unique learning style means that you’ll retain more information from your teacher if you sit nearer the front. That’s because, as a visual learner, you’ll be able to hold more information in your head if you’re able to see the minute changes of emotion in your teacher’s body language. You have a more holistic idea of learning - you’ll often seek to understand the emotions or concept behind an event before you can remember what happened. When you sit near the front, it also helps you stay focused, as you don’t set yourself up to fall foul of any distractions served up by your classmates!
3. When revising, watch video content
Our final of the revision tips for visual learners, is to watch videos. Your style of learning is the one that’s most benefited from the technological revolution, as it’s now easier to fire up the browser and log onto one of many experts who’ll happily enlighten you about their own passions. However, if you’re a visual learner - YouTube can be a minefield. The nuggets of pure information you seek are buried between cat videos, memes and The Dog of Wisdom (Click that link if you need a quick revision break).
But never fear! There lies a video resource on the web so extensive, it makes Wikipedia run in fear. The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational resource set up originally by Salman Khan to teach his many cousins. It brings together YouTube videos with short lectures and practice exercises, to enrich and inform your learning experience. Got notes on a subject you’re not quite getting? Tap it into the Khan Academy’s search bar, and suddenly, you’ll feel like you’ve got a private tutor. It’s in depth, immersive and fun - and is the number one of our revision tips for Visual learners, which will ensure you hit exam gold.
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