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Use Your Strong Spatial Skills


Social-Emotional Learning/Growth Mindset 21st Century Skills Universal Design for Learning All Ages Strategy


Spatial Perception

Use Your Strong Spatial Skills

I paint objects as I think them not as I see them.
— Pablo Picasso

Nurturing your strong spatial perception can help you excel in hands-on projects and other visual-spatial activities.

What It Is

Your spatial perception refers to how well you understand visual materials and their position in space, such as maps, graphs, and 3-D objects.

When It Matters

This skill comes into play when you are interpreting graphs, charts and maps, as well as in drawing, keeping numbers aligned, or problem solving with 3-D objects in subjects such as engineering or architecture. You use it to understand objects' relative locations and sizes, how they fit together or can be rotated.

Making Best Use Of Your Strong Spatial Perception

  1. When you are given spatial tasks in class, whether it is building a model or conducting an experiment with precision, use this as your opportunity to excel.
  2. Understand which topics might come most naturally to you. In math or science, you might find that you do particularly well when working with graphs, charts or geometric concepts.
  3. When you encounter challenging problems in math or science, draw pictures. If you can see the problem laid out, you will find it easier to solve. It also will enable you to check that your final answer is logical.
  4. If you have difficulty understanding an abstract concept, ask your teacher for a visual aid or picture. You might do very well with some of the 3-D math apps, base ten blocks or ball-and-stick models in chemistry. Visual aids can be helpful at all levels, not just elementary school.
  5. Find extra-curriculars you enjoy that use spatial perception skills, such as sports, architecture, robotics, computer design and visual arts.
  6. Use your strengths to support your peers in group projects.