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Use Pictures and Visuals to Reinforce Text


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Verbal Reasoning Verbal Memory Processing Speed

Use Pictures and Visuals to Reinforce Text

If your student's visual memory or abstract reasoning is stronger than their verbal skills

Teach It!

  1. Objective: Pairing pictures or visual imagery with learning material will help students' understanding and retention of the material.
  2. Teacher Takeaways: Using visual cues along with verbal or text-based presentation helps make the material more vivid and concrete for students. When presenting information, find ways to add a visual component, whether by showing pictures in a book or on screen, drawing sketches or diagrams on the board, or encouraging students to create a vivid picture in their heads.
  3. Mindprint Strategies: a) Use Visual timelines, mind maps, or flowcharts to help students organize and remember sequential or related information. c) Use dual coding methods for memorizing, e.g. flashcards with pictures b) Introduce visual note taking to older students rather than traditional word-based note taking.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Visual cues help students make concrete connections and remember concepts more actively. The idea of using visuals in addition to verbal cues is known as dual-coding, and while beneficial for all students, might be particularly helpful for students with stronger visual memory.

Best-suited for students with weaker: Attention, Auditory Processing, Inhibition & Self-Regulation, Long-term Memory, Short Term Memory, Working Memory, Processing Speed (Source: Digital Promise Learner Variability Project)