My experiences as a creative person, tutor of children, and teacher of creative writing

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Helping Your Struggling Student - Visual Spatial Learning Approach

Visual-Spatial Learners Approach to Learning

A visual-spatial learner is a person who predominate uses sight as their preferred way to learn. They learn by seeing things. It can involve sight only, or they can “see” and understand a concept through their experiences.

In school learning is usually an auditory experience. Teachers lecture and the children are to listen and learn (well, at least the auditory-sequential students might). Visual-spatial learners think in pictures at the astounding rate of 32 images per second. This gives them tremendous abilities which they are generally unaware of since attention is focused on their weakness instead of their strengths. They need help to see their formidable strengths.

They are able to instantly arrive at the whole picture, though may not be able to explain how they did it. They can grasp the “why” behind the rules and understand how to use the information. They can be exceptionally creative in many areas such as art, music, writing, and science.

They can use their ability to speed read to enable them to learn at an incredible rate. This is good because they often have a boundless curiosity about life.

They often retain what they learn since long term memory is in pictures. As they use this ability take information and reform it into new pictures, they have the capacity to become incredible problem solvers.

Seeing in whole pictures has considerable advantages in some instances, but disadvantages in other situations. The auditory-sequencing style of learning is wonderful for many orderly, abstract situations, but inadequate for creative tasks. There is no sequencing in a whole picture– it just is. If the visual-spatial child can’t see a picture of what they are learning, then they can’t understand it and will not remember it.