CHARACTERISTICS OF REPRESENTATIONAL SYSTEMS

Visual representational system:

When we think about images (for example, when we “see” a page from a book in our mind, along with the information we need), we can put in our mind a lot of information at the same time, and that’s why the people who use the visual representational system more find it easier to absorb large amounts of information in very little time.

Visualizing also helps us establish relationships between different ideas and concepts. When a student is having trouble relating concepts, it’s often because he’s processing the information in an auditory manner.

The ability to abstract is directly related to the ability to visualize and the ability to plan.

These two characteristics explain why most college students (and as a result the teachers as well) are visual.

Visual students learn better when they read or when they see the information in any way. In a conference, for example, they prefer to read the photocopies or the slides rather than listen to the oral explanation, or in their absence, they take notes so they can have something to read.