The Visual (Spatial) Learning Style
If you use the visual style, you prefer using images, pictures, colors,
and maps to organize information and communicate with others. You can easily
visualize objects, plans and outcomes in your mind's eye. You also have a
good spatial sense, which gives you a good sense of direction. You can
easily find your way around using maps, and you rarely get lost. When you
walk out of an elevator, you instinctively know which way to turn.
The whiteboard is a best friend (or would be if you had access to one).
You love drawing, scribbling and doodling, especially with colors. You
typically have a good dress sense and color balance (although not always!).
Common pursuits and phrases
Some pursuits that make the most use of the visual style are visual art,
architecture, photography, video or film, design, planning (especially
strategic), and navigation.
You may tend to use phrases like these:
- Let's look at it differently.
- See how this works for you.
- I can't quite picture it.
- Let's draw a diagram or map.
- I'd like to get a different perspective.
- I never forget a face.
Learning and techniques
If you are a visual learner, use images, pictures, color and other visual
media to help you learn. Incorporate much imagery into your visualizations.
You may find that visualization comes easily to you. This also means that
you may have to make your visualizations stand out more. This makes sure new
material is obvious among all the other visual images you have floating
around inside your head.
Use color, layout, and spatial organization in your associations, and use
many 'visual words' in your assertions. Examples include see, picture,
perspective, visual, and map.
Use mind maps. Use color and pictures in place of text, wherever
possible. If you don't use the computer, make sure you have at least four
different color pens.
Systems diagrams can help you visualize the links between parts of a
system, for example major engine parts or the principle of sailing in
equilibrium. Replace words with pictures, and use color to highlight major
and minor links.
The visual journey or story technique helps you memorize content that
isn't easy to 'see.' The visual story approach for memorizing procedures is
a good example of this.
Peg words and events come easily to you, however you need to spend some
time learning at least the first ten peg words. Afterwards, your ability to
visualize helps you peg content quickly.
The swish technique for changing behaviors also works well for you, as it
relies on visualization.