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Rhee Helliwell | Mar 27, 2017

3 revision techniques for visual learners

Categories: Teens, Education, Children, Tips, Performance, Testing

Following on from our previous blog post, we thought we’d continue with the revision theme this week. With students now starting to think about putting together revision schedules for the following months, it’s important they have their studying techniques sorted! At Tutor Doctor we know how important it is to understand how your child works best and to utilise the techniques that suits their learning style. As the first in a three-part series, we’re going to focus on three easy revision techniques suitable for visual learners.

Visual Learners

Recent statistics have shown that a whopping 85% of the population are visual learners and thrive by associating learning with visual content. This can include pictures, diagrams, flow charts, colour coded notes and posters. Here are three excellent techniques that your child can start implementing into their revision sessions today.

1. Flashcards

Flashcards are a fantastic visual learning aid and are going to quickly become your child’s new best friend during exam season. Start by getting them to write out individual cards covering specific revision topics, with the title on one side and key bullet points on the reverse. Once they have done this they can follow the ‘look, cover, check’ method. Eventually once they’re more confident, ask your child to practice writing out everything they remember from each card, checking back afterwards to see how accurate the information they’ve copied down is. This technique is a great way for your child to be able to retain lots of key facts almost instantly.

2. Colour-Coded Post It Notes

Encourage your child to create colour-coded sticky notes with important snippets of information written on for each subject. Not only is this an easy-peasy revision technique, but it’s also super effective if they have quotes, statistics and dates that need to be remembered for their exams. Sticking them around their bedroom is also a great idea, as your child will get used to looking at them everyday. Make sure they use one colour per subject so it’s easy for them to differentiate between them.

3. Re-think the layout of revision notes

If your child is a visual learner, the layout of their revision notes is going to be key to their success. Make sure they’re creating visual flow charts, graphs and diagrams for subjects such as science, history and geography. This will make tricky science processes such as photosynthesis or historical events easier to remember. Other techniques include creating spider diagram posters, with a topic in the center and all the key information surrounding. Not only will re-writing out these facts be a useful revision technique, having a visual revision aid that breaks down an overwhelming amount of information is going to make studying seem much less daunting.