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Characteristics of the Visual Learner


  • Learns best when information is presented visually and in a picture or design format
  • In a classroom setting, benefits from instructors who use visual aids such as film, video, maps, and charts
  • Benefits from information obtained from the pictures and diagrams in textbooks
  • Tends to like to work in a quiet room and may not like to work in study groups
  • When trying to remember something, can often visualize a picture of it in his/her mind
  • May have an artistic side that enjoys activities having to do with visual art and design
  • May not remember verbal directions
  • Often asks to have questions or instructions repeated
  • Frequently appears to daydream during class or lecture
  • May have a limited vocabulary
  • Often has poor articulation
  • May watch the teacher's lips closely
  • May become distracted or start a conversation with another student if the teacher's back is turned while explaining things at the blackboard
  • Watches others when directions are given and then follows their lead
  • Often dislikes music class and prefers art class
  • Usually says "huh" a lot
  • Prefers to do demonstrations rather than to tell, explain, or report on a subject
  • May get lost in rote memorization drills in class
  • Often answers with one word answers or incomplete sentences
  • May misunderstand instruction and other material presented verbally
  • Often dislikes speaking in front of groups