Definition of the Visual-Spatial Learner

How do you identify the visual-spatial learner? This type of learner is an unique character. The typical visual-spatial learner tends to learn all at once intuitively with large chunks of information. They are unable to learn through the normal rote learning where isolated facts, small steps or habit patterns are presented in a sequential manner. For example they are able to learn all of the multiplication facts as a related set in a chart easier and faster rather than memorising each fact independently.


Unfortunately, this set of learners tend to suffer greatly in an auditory-sequential classroom. Many teachers, in order to rush the syllabus, tend to teach more teacher-centred. This is fine for 30% of the population. However, gifted visual-spatial learners tend to lose out as they would not be able to comprehend the lesson and thus act out.

┬áMost of the time, they come across to many others as ‘lazy’, ‘unmotivated’ and ‘is only willing to work hard in subjects that artsy subjects that interest them.’ This can’t be further from the truth. It is not true that they pick and choose subjects to work in. It is because they are unable to keep up with lessons that do not use any visuals and that do not allow them to see the big picture.

Take a look at the chart below. It may help you to identify if your child has learning issues instead of ‘unmotivated’ and ‘lazy’.

visual-spatial learner