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What Are the Benefits of Being a Visual Learner?

Updated April 17, 2017

According to the University of South Dakota, there are three basic learning styles: auditory, kinesthetic and visual. Visual learners learn by using their eyes, seeing, looking and consuming imagery. Visual learners tend to be weaker in the auditory and kinesthetic realms, and therefore may have a harder time taking verbal directions. There are, however, other benefits to being a visual learner.

Visual Strategies

One strength of visual learners lies in visualising and imagining different situations. Visual strategies are used to remember specific information. Visual learners also tend to take in the whole picture when encountering a problem or discussion, as opposed to one smaller part of the issue. Visual learners also gain pleasure from more creative applications of learning that requires vision, such as painting and art.

Organizational Skills

Visual learners tend to take in the entire picture and therefore sense any aspect of the picture that is out of alignment. Visual learners tend to have great organizational skills, especially where images or appearances are concerned, such as interior decorating and colour coding. Also, visual learners can rotate images or create mirrored images in their minds, making them adept at arranging and fixing things.

Appearances and Presentation

Personal presentation and appearance tend to take a high priority for visual learners. How they regard their own appearance is important and they tend to take strides in grooming and keeping an organised, clean, healthy appearance. Visual learners also tend to make eye contact when speaking to others. They tend to notice smaller visual details and tend to want to watch more than talk.

Other Benefits

Visual learners can remember faces better than names. They can easily memorise things by seeing them on a piece of paper. Visual learners are good at spelling and like to read. They are especially attracted to text that is rich in imagery.

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Jane McDonaugh has been a professional writer and editor since 2010, with expertise in literature, television, film and humor. She is a freelance reader for Author Solutions Film and has held many other positions in television and film production. McDonaugh holds a Bachelor of Arts in television production and English from Emerson College.