Visualization for Learning

Ayushi Goyal

Visualizing refers to the ability of a person to create pictures in the head based on the text he/she reads or words they hear. It is one of the important skills that make reading comprehension possible. Visualizing strengthens reading comprehension skills as students gain a more thorough understanding of the text they’re reading by consciously using the words to create mental images. As students gain more deliberate practice with this skill, the act of visualizing next becomes automatic. Students who visualize as they read not only have a richer reading experience but they can recall what they have read for longer period of time.


Visualizing text as its being read or heard also creates personal links between the readers/ listeners and text. Readers, who can imagine the Characters they read about for instance, may become more involved with what they are regarding. These makes for a more meaningful reading experience and promote continued reading.


Three main use of Visualization are:  

Motivation: Creative visualization is a good way to see a possible future and move yourself towards it.

Mental practice or rehearsal: Mental practice or mental rehearsal is complementary to real practice. Mental practice may be cost effective and safer.

Reinforcing other techniques: Visualization is a powerful way to strengthen other techniques, like association and scripting.