- Color-code notes with highlighters, colored pens/pencils, colored notecards, etc [see link below].
- Recopy notes and information for tests and re-highlight, using your color code. Repeat at often as needed.
- Watch a demo on You Tube (or other social media site) over and over, as often as needed. Pause and replay the most critical parts to gain full understanding.
- Color a previously black-and-white map or trace the boundary lines with a highlighter for emphasis. Even drawing a fancy border around a diagram can help you pay attention to the info and remember it.
- Draw your own copies of charts, graphs, and diagrams (with lots of colors) to help you understand concepts.
- Alphabetize notecards and/or facts; shuffle and re-sort as a study method.
- Use light-colored gel pens/markers on dark-colored paper for a whole different look.
- Mnemonic devices, such as acronyms or acrostics, can help with memorizing lists and other troublesome information. Example: HOMES for the Great Lakes (Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior). Rearrange items to spell out an easier-to-remember word/phrase, or take liberties as needed with spelling or words to create a visual key: I learned the order of Presidents McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Wilson by converting the initials to “MR TV.”
- Develop your own formulaic methods for organizing information, writing papers, and studying, but allow your rough drafts to be just that: rough. Welcome imperfection as a sign that you can continue to learn and improve. Rough drafts and outlines can be created in a variety of formats, and visual learners can benefit from using multiple layouts. Experiment to find what works best for you.
- Incorporate learning methods from the other 3 styles to improve your overall learning abilities.
For further help, visit these links:
Learning Styles v. It’s a Syndrome
Color-Coding as a Learning Tool
“Visual Learning” topic (including all of this “Visual Learning Week” series)
“Learning Styles” topic