How to “See” time – Understanding History Visually

Most people are visual when receiving instructions. sometimes for some, when they can look at a concept and see it as a visual representation, it is so much easier to understand. A Historical Timeline is a visual representation of the chronology of an event or series of events.  Presented this way,  patterns may emerge that are actually not seen before while just explaining the concept using words.  Using a timeline, analysis and being comprehensive are greatly improved. A historical timeline is made in such a way that colors or graphical representation are used instead of words. This tricks our brains that what is being discussed is not complicated at all and becomes more receptive to learning. Participants are able to more easily identify cause and effect relationships between periods. Showing how eras and periods overlap has never been easier in a timeline. Chronology is very important in history and this can only be best expressed or taught by using a Historic Timeline.

Historic Timeline

     Adapting the Timeline as an efficient and easier way to Teach history is rooted in the fact that almost 65 percent of all learners are visual. These are the type of learners who like to read, take copious notes, more often than not they tend to close their eyes to remember things. These people remember what they see rather than what they hear. They more often than not use diagrams to receive and convey Ideas. These people also prefer reading a story rather than listening to it. Another very important fact about a visual learner is that they need to see the whole thing before they can understand the small parts. They think in pictures and in abstract rather than words.

     When the majority of learners are like this, it is indeed very practical to use the timeline method to be able to better reach its target audience. So if you want to seed an idea, or teach something, supplement your History lessons with visual aids and be more contextual and abstract in getting the learning across. There is such a thing as Right-Brain learners. Vary your presentations and incorporate colors. It is also very important to give handouts, diagrams, and other visuals. Again, remember that they need to “see” information to learn it. Visual learners do very well in classroom type settings and will Instinctively follow directions. Keep this in mind if you do not want a boring History Lesson.