Spatial intelligence plays a role in everything from building a house made of blocks to real-world problems like navigating an unfamiliar city. Mental rotation tests, which test spatial intelligence, are common on IQ tests, so improving your spatial intelligence may also boost your IQ. Training and practice can help you with this endeavor, but it's impossible to improve your spatial intelligence overnight.
Identify your problem areas. For example, you might be highly adept at planning something you want to build but might struggle with mental rotation or navigating in your car. Once you've identified these challenges, limit your use of assistive devices, such as a GPS. Instead, try to do it yourself. This provides varied and frequent opportunities for practice and ensures you're practicing the specific skills you wish to learn.
Focus on concrete spatial skills by building things. Toys such as blocks and gadget wheels can improve spatial reasoning, according to Johns Hopkins University. Take 10 to 15 minutes out of every day to challenge yourself to complete specific tasks. For example, you might build a Lego castle or construct a roller coaster made from K'NEX.
Play video games. Electronic games are stellar virtual learning tools for spatial reasoning tasks. Games that require you to navigate a path, such as role-playing games, are particularly helpful. Consider also trying games that mandate mental rotation, such as Tetris and other puzzle-oriented games.
Complete problems designed to help you practice spatial reasoning. Sample IQ test problems can help you track your progress, and online brain development games will similarly show you how quickly you're improving. Simple home construction projects, such as painting a room or picking a correctly-sized couch, can also help you.
- John Hopkins University: What is Spatial Ability?
- Shawano School District: Visual-Spatial Intelligence
- Harvard Business Review: Improving Your Spatial IQ Can Lift Your Social IQ
- International Conference for Applied Informatics: How Can We Improve the Spatial Intelligence?
- ScienceDaily: Spatial Skills May Be Improved Through Training, Including Video Games
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