Note taking for the visual learner

Everyone learns differently. There are auditory, visual, hands-on and many more learning patterns. In this post, though, I’m going to give a few tips to those who like to see things to understand.



When sitting in an English class, there aren’t many visual aspects of the course for these kinds of learners. However, visual learners can help themselves to understand material better if they rewrite things that are written by the instructor or if they continually practice writing in the style of their instructor. This way, visual learners can see the lesson in their own eyes thereby making learning the language easier.



This one is pretty easy. Visual learners are more likely to do well in mathematics if there are graphs or descriptions in word problems. For these kinds of learners, drawing pictures from word problems, making graphs and charts and being active and hands on are effective ways to take notes and be sure to understand the concept at hand.



Sitting in a history class is almost only effective for auditory learners because of the intense information and small time frame to retain that information. For visual learners, looking at textbook pictures and watching online videos are good ways to easily retain the information. Some good resources for these kinds of videos are John Green’s crash course videos.



Science is similar to math in some aspects, especially if students are in high school or college. Like math, visual learners in science classes can make diagrams and draw pictures for word problems to better understand the material, but also reworking problems can help students retain the information.



These are kind of tricky because electives are various in type. The best way to ensure that visual learners understand the material they need to is to be an active learner. This means engaging in conversation, asking for examples, and attempting to be as hands-on in the course as possible.


Visual learning is one of the several ways that students retain information. By using these tips for note-taking, visual learners have the opportunity to test their comfort zones and see what study type best suits them.