What is a "visual" learner?
Does your child have difficulty understanding in school? Do you find yourself at a loss to understand why they can't get a good grade, even after studying? Are you ready for some tips that could help your child to learn to love school and help them to understand? Than this is the right place for you.
Here we will discuss tips on how to help your child. You don't need to pay for a tutor. Your child can excel and you could be their ticket to get there.
First lets better show if you are dealing with a visual learner or a manual learner.
A manual learner will generally do well in school (if they apply themselves), have good reading comprehension skills, don't necessarily need to know how everything works but instead studies for a good grade and overall tend to ask fewer questions based on their ability to read and learn.
A Visual learner may have difficulty in school (even if they try to memorize everything), have poor reading-comprehension skills, like to experiment with different ideas and ask many more questions about the "how" and "why" of any subject.
Here we will discuss the visual learner and get to know how they can better understand as well as know how to help pave the way for their future.
For Number Problems:
1. Ask and listen
When dealing with a visual learner you have at least a fifty-fifty chance of you asking the simple question "What is it you have trouble understanding?" or "Where do you get stuck?" and coming out with a very pointed answer. Some visual learners can point to EXACTLY part of the math problem or question they don't understand. This is because visual learners who want to succeed may work the question over five or six different ways always getting stuck on one same step/area. Especially in math.
For the other 50% of the time when they say "I just don't get any of it." Try to look over the basic steps to the problem. All math problems are made of the basics. Make sure they understand the basic math of it (I've seen High school students struggle with division problems, so don't assume they know it). Show them how other ways of working it do NOT come out making any sense (this will satisfy their curiosity on why the other ways don't work).
2. Double check them
Have them attempt to give the steps verbally. Give them the benefit of not answering it perfect but continue to give them the steps verbally as often as necessary.
3. Work through the problems with them
Don't just give them the answer but when you work with them (saying the steps verbally as you go) this will help their minds to get accustomed to hearing/reading comprehension. That way the next time the teacher says something in class a visual picture will come to mind of what should done.
4. Have them write it out
If necessary, have the student write out in their own words what is taking place when they do the problem. then check over it afterwards again giving them the ability to reword just not to re-evaluate (work it differently).
5. Let them experiment
At times your student may have a way of working a problem that is not presented in the text. With math this is common. help them set up a few different equations to test their theory. this will help them to comprehend how problems work and better see how to use the problem in question.
For the verbal questions:
1. Ask and listen
Ask the student what is the main thing that the sentence is asking about. What's that one word that pops out to them?
If need be, explain the difference between simple words and their importance in the sentence (words like and/or/both, in/around, outer-edge/inner-edge). This will teach them to sift through the sentence and give them a visual sense of the words.