Connecting the Visual Dots

26 Jan

When it comes to communication, I have read that between hearing and sight, sight is the more important and

 powerful sense when it comes to communication.  It has been studied and reported that we remember 85-90 percent of what we see but less than 15 percent of what we hear.


For all of the “visual learners” out there, we get it.  If you want us to learn and remember something be prepared to add to your words by showing your ideas as well. 

Today, people are more visual than ever.  Just look around…we live in a visual world, a visual age.  You can’t escape from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Power Point, video games, television, Kindles, movies,  i phones, 3-D television and other media.  People have grown accustomed to and appreciate having the visual world on hand and at their fingertips.  We expect communication to be a visual experience because of such items in our life.

From: Everyone Communicates Few Connect, by John C. Maxwell I have gained this information for you to consider.

  • 77 percent of all Americans get about 90 percent of their news from television. 
  • 47 percent get all their news from television.
  • Video and Web conferencing are replacing on-site face-to-face sales meetings.
  • Digital video recording systems are becoming commonplace in homes and offices.

Your learning style may be the single most important key to improving your learning experiences.

image: etc-usf-edu

People learn in many ways, like seeing, hearing, and experiencing things first hand. But for most people, one of these methods stands out.  It is important to know about each type of learner but, because I am a visual person with a focus on creativity on this blog, I want to point out what identifies a “visual learner”.  Research has shown that people perform better if they change habits to fit their own personal learning styles.

For example, visual-learning students will sometimes struggle during written essay exams,  because they can’t recall test material that was “heard” in a lecture.  To adapt, if the visual learner uses a visual aide when studying, like a colorful outline of test materials, he or she may retain more information. For this type of learner, visual tools improve the ability to recall information more completely.

A simple explanation of learning styles is this: Some people remember best materials they’ve seen, some remember things they’ve heard, while others remember things they’ve experienced.

I came across this information from: Grace Flemming

Visual Learner Characteristics

Visual learners are those who learn through seeing things. Look over the characteristics below to see if they sound familiar.  A visual learner:

  • Is good at spelling but forgets names.
  • Needs quiet study time.
  • Has to think awhile before understanding lecture.
  • Is good at spelling.
  • Likes colors & fashion.
  • Dreams in color.
  • Understands/likes charts.
  • Is good with sign language.

Learning Suggestions for Visual Learners

  • Draw a map of events in history or draw scientific process.
  • Make outlines of everything!
  • Copy what’s on the board.
  • Ask the teacher to diagram.
  • Diagram sentences!
  • Take notes, make lists.
  • Watch videos.
  • Color code words, research notes.
  • Outline reading.
  • Use flashcards.
  • Use highlighters, circle words, underline.

Best Test Type for Visual Learners:

Diagramming, reading maps, essays (if you’ve studied using an outline), showing a process.

So, if you have declared yourself  a visual learner, you know that you can develop the other methods of learning as well.  Use your creative ways to the best of your ability in any situation and especially in your education. Connect the dots in your creative learning and comprehension.


3 Responses to “Connecting the Visual Dots”

  1. clubcreativestudio January 27, 2011 at 8:49 AM #

    To add, adapting is the key. Teachers don’t always hit the learning styles all at once or in a balanced combination. I sure made an effort to try to incorporate segments of all learning style types in my lesson plans when I was a teacher. You have got to have a goal of engaging as many as you can in the classroom and when you are on your own, you can utilize the styles and a system that works best for you. Whatever techniques work best for you are what you need to use, that is obvious but, improving on other tactics are important as well. Thanks for psoting your comments.

  2. Melanie Kissell January 27, 2011 at 8:17 AM #

    No question about it … I’m a visual learner! (However, I’m really good at remembering names, too) 🙂

    It’s my understanding that 90% of adults are visual learners. I constantly keep this fact in mind when I’m teaching my childbirth education classes. I get the best response and best recall from my students when I use flip charts, posters, 3D models, draw things on the whiteboard, and show movies.

    Wonderful post and wonderful topic!

  3. Roberta January 27, 2011 at 5:58 AM #

    This is a well written piece and makes some serious points that may not be practical in all education situations. As a visual learner, I learned to adapt to several different testing methods.

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