Monday, September 3, 2012

The downside of being a visual learner...

I’ve known for a long time that I am a visual learner. I think it was one of the best things I learnt when I was in school because it has (generally) helped me to learn more effectively since.

I used to pin formula and other information I needed to know for Chemistry class to the back of the toilet door and around the bathroom mirror. I realised during a test that I not only knew the formula but I could picture where it was on the sheet and what colour it was written in. So now I try to make use of colour coding to help me to be organised. As a teacher, I allocated a colour to each year level I taught which was really helpful.

In another example, years ago I learnt how to sign. I recall a conversation with a friend (who also signed) which he began, in sign, by saying, “I need to tell you something” then he dropped the signing and spoke. On the way home, all I could remember was that he had something to tell me but not what it was—I could remember the visual but not the verbal information.

Which leads me to the downside and this morning’s example. Below are my pump spray hairspray and my deodorant bottles…

Suffice to say, if my head sweats, it won’t have B.O. [It could’ve been worse, I guess!]

What type of learner are you?

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Really good question. I would think I'm a visual learner considering I find it easier to learn from building something rather then reading about it. Maybe I should use some of those tips for my next math exam and see what sort of difference it makes.