The Ten Visualization Skills Needed to Improve Reading, Writing and Learning

Visualization is an important skill to master as it can lead to improved attention and a better memory. In fact, mental images can be used as a secret weapon to tackle the encoding of new material. It can be used when reading. Accessing your mind’s eye can make the scenery, characters and plot of a book come alive in your imagination. Also, it can be used for writing. Picturing a story before you write it can improve descriptive writing and it will also make the writing process a lot more fun. Finally, visualization can assist when listening to new information. Taking the time to make mental images when listening to a lecture can help you to sustain attention and can make the material far more memorable. So how can you improve your ability to visualize?

There are ten visualization skills that need to be addressed.

When making visualizations in your mind’s eye, try to develop each of the ten areas by asking yourself questions like: What are all the colors? How big are all the objects? Are their any important shapes? How many objects are there all together? What is the mood? From what perspective am I viewing my visualization? What is the background? What direction are the objects facing? Is there any movement in my visualizations? Are their other senses I could use to enhance my visualizations – such as sound, taste and touch?

These are a lot of skills to develop, but with the right exercises your visualization skills can improve dramatically. Do you teach the visualization skills in your class?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

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4 replies
  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I…..see…that's…one way to look at it….Visualization works best for reading but when it comes to coding it's a whole new thing sister.

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  2. Kelli
    Kelli says:

    This is very similar to Lindamood Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing. Do you recommend that program for children with comprehension issues?

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  3. Erica Warren
    Erica Warren says:

    Hi Kelli: You are correct! Linda mood Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing is a great read. I have used some of their activities past, but I've created a lot of my own too.

    Cheers, Erica

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