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Visuals: The Catalyst in your Learning Process

2 May 2017

Visuals: The Catalyst in your Learning Process

Has it ever happened that you could see that someone was interested/uninterested in you without even him/her saying it? You just observed the facial expressions and postures like yawning and looking away from you or leaning towards you and maintaining eye contact. You made a conclusion because the non-verbal messages were quite clear. Welcome to the amazing world of visual learning!

“A for Apple 

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Remember how you learnt your 1st ever traditional lesson? Of course not! You were too young to remember that. But you definitely know how it would have been: 

“A for Apple” pointing your teeny-weeny finger towards a red apple. That’s visual learning! You started learning visually even before this. That was when someone asked, ”Where is Mommy?” and you pointed towards her. It’s all about recognising and understanding things by seeing them.

Easy & Captivating

Do you know why babies are made to learn visually first? Simply because they need to see it to know it’s an apple and that’s my mom. Also, the colours, shapes, movements and expressions look fascinating to a baby. Give a newspaper or magazine to a toddler and see how he/she loves to look at the pictures and turn the pages. This is the thing about visual learning it is easy & captivating not just for a baby but for you too!

See it to Know it 

 A four sided figure, whose four sides can be grouped into two pairs of equal-length sides that are  adjacent to each other.

 Now see this:

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Try to read this:

Yuor brian procesess txet as visauls, so you can eaisly raed tihs!

You just witnessed that learning through visuals is so much better!

Your brain processes text as visuals, so you can easily read this! 

Yes! Even the text are symbols and your brain processes the image of words just like visuals. That is why you can read the misspelt words. You can recognise a misspelt word if the first and last letters are the same. Because it “looks” the same.

The meaning of the words and sentences still needs to be comprehended. If you see a product or process in visual form the comprehension becomes faster and easier. 

One more:

“Go left, then take a U-turn and go straight and then take third left and then second right….”

Would you prefer to read these directions or see it in the form of a map? Even if you hear someone giving you directions, you try to mentally “visualise” the route.

So, visuals not only make the learning process simpler & faster they also aid better recall. This is why visuals have been a medium for learning since time immemorial. So, next time you try to learn something new do not forget to take help of visuals.