Are You a Visual-Spatial person/learner?

List of traits on

It can be challenging to be visual-spatial, there are estimates that up to 40% of the population are visual-spatial. for those in the GT world being visual-spatial can give you different gifts, abilities and challenges.

Here are a few traits, see if you identify with them: learns things at once not in steps or stages; thinks in terms of pictures; good at map reading navigating; good at seeing patterns in things; seeing the big picture but we miss details; better at geometry, trigonometry, physics but worse at algebra; understand the why of math, but don’t calculate well, better at seeing things than learning by hearing, better if things are written down, more intuitive, rote learning is not helpful. It is likely step by step learning doesn’t work as well for you, but you learn by immersion by integrating all the pieces.

These are learning styles and also suggests what your brain’s preferred mode of learning is, but it’s likely not a black or white distinction, some people are more so than others. Often people who are VS are misunderstood by teachers and managers, particularly if they learn more toward the other side, the Auditory Sequential style of learning.

Visual-Spatial Resources

Article on Visual-Spatial Strengths

Mailing Lists i.e. email lists, listserv

There are several email lists at for the GT world. Especially for adults, their GT-Adults list is a real good resource. For those into discussing and debating GT-Talk can  be a good place. They also have a number of lists for those who are parents GT-Families, and those who home school who have special ed needs i.e. disabilities GT-Spec-Home, and those who have GT children with special ed needs GT-Special