Fleming and Mills (1992) suggested four modalities for learning:
Visual learners learn best when they can see the picture of what is being taught. They follow instructions better when they can see a demonstration first, rather than simply being instructed about how to do something. Setting them tasks to do at home in between lessons such as watching YouTube videos or giving them handouts that include visual aids could accelerate the learning process and create a sense of responsibility and control. They might respond to questions using language like “l see what you mean” or “l get the picture”.
When it comes to the theory they are more likely to be organised and put colour into their notes. These types of learners typically prefer images, diagrams and other visual representations to other forms of instruction. They like to read when processing information, perhaps a Highway Code might be a good option here to help, whilst adding the theory into the practical lessons, in a visual sense can add context to help with their understanding and longer-term learning.
Mind maps can be an extremely effective reflection tool, particularly for visual learning, encouraging them to take responsibility for the work and having them add to it regularly can help them to understand their learning and develop faster as their brain makes links between the practise and the emotion, forming plans and strategies and understanding which areas require development.
Visual learners make up approximately 65% of the population, so adapting to this style will have great benefits for yourself, your business and your clients.