Visual Strategies

Key words:

different formats, space, graphs, charts, diagrams, maps and plans


This preference uses symbolism and different formats, fonts and colors to emphasise important points. It does not include video and pictures that show real images and it is not Visual merely because it is shown on a screen.

If you have a strong Visual preference for learning you should use some or all of the following:


To take in the information:
  • lecturers who use gestures and picturesque language
  • pictures, videos, posters, slides
  • flowcharts
  • underlining, different colours, highlighters
  • textbooks with diagrams and pictures
  • graphs
  • symbols @ and white          space

SWOT – Study without tears

To make a learnable package:

Convert your “notes” into a learnable package by reducing them (3:1)

  • Use all of the techniques above
  • Reconstruct the images in different ways… try different spatial arrangements.
  • Redraw your pages from memory
  • Replace words with symbols or initials
  • Look at your pages.


To perform well in any test, assignment or examination:
  • Draw things, use diagrams
  • Write exam answers
  • Recall the pictures made by your pages
  • Practice turning your visuals back into words

You want the whole picture so you are probably holistic rather than reductionist in your approach. You are often swayed by the look of an object.
You are interested in color and layout and design and you know where you are.
You are probably going to draw something.