Visual Learners – Learning Style

Visual Learners

  • Students who fall into this category learn better with pictures, diagrams, flow charts, videos, demonstrations, etc.
  • To accommodate this learning style, instructors may incorporate more visual activities such as drag and drop learning objects, streaming video, photographs, charts, and illustrations.
  • It should be noted that everyone learns better when presented with both video and audio.
  1.  Visual and Verbal Learning Styles

 

Intuitive Learners – Learning Styles

Intuitive Learners

  • Students who fall into this category lean towards “what is possible” and the relationship that it has to other concepts and ideas.
  • They dislike repetitive tasks and memorization and do not like to be tested on material that was not covered in the class.
  • They are more apt to grasp new concepts with mathematical formulations and abstracts.
  • They work faster and are more innovative.

 

Application

To accommodate this learning style, instructors may incorporate more theories and explanations that link to the facts. URL links to other websites for further study could also create a relationships with the information being presented.

  1.  Intuitive Learning Styles

Sensory Learners – Learning Style

Sensory Learners

  • Students who fall into this category like to learn facts.
  • They don’t take easily to surprises and would rather solve a problem by following methodical procedures that are established.
  • They do well with memorization and hands-on work.
  • They tend to be more practical and careful.
  • They dislike courses that do not have connections to the real-world.

 

Application

To accommodate this learning style, instructors may incorporate more specific examples of concepts, procedures, and how these can be applied to the real-world.

 

  1.  Sensory Learning Styles

Reflective Learners – Learning Style

Reflective Learners

  • Students who fall into this category prefer to think about the information before doing anything with it.
  • They prefer to work alone, rather than in groups.
  • Sitting through lectures is also difficult for reflective learners but is tolerable.

 

Application

To accommodate this learning style, instructors may incorporate several individual assignments that require the learner to think out a problem, then write a short summary of their thoughts- helping them to retain the information better.

Active Learners

Active Learners

  • Students who fall into this category retain the information by actually “doing” something active with it.
  • They prefer to work in groups rather than alone.
  • They tend to try things before thinking it through first.
  • Sitting through lectures is harder for active learners than for students of other learning styles.

 

Application

To accommodate this learning style, instructors may incorporate a group project requiring students to discuss the problem and then act on the plan. “Doing” something that relates to the information would be desirable

 

  1. Instructional Strategies for Different Learning Styles
  2. Active and Reflective Learning Styles
  3. Active and Reflective Learning Styles

Dale’s Cone of Experience

Dales Cone of Experience is one of our favorite references.

What is your Learning Style?  Find out now.

Defined

Learning styles are the way that your students learn. Some students prefer facts, over charts, audio over video, sequential steps rather than a web of ideas, etc. Learning styles can be easier understood when categorized. A study at North Carolina State University, has explained these categories to help learners and instructors alike. It should be noted that most learners possess combinations of these learning styles. It should also be noted that this is just one study, and there are other authors who refer to these styles by different names but the idea is the same.

 

Interesting Information

Finding out the learning styles of your students can help you adapt and morph your class into an even more conducive learning environment.

“Dales Cone of Experience” (see chart below) shows the different ways that students learn information and the assessment outcomes related to that style of learning.

Your student’s learning styles can fall in any one of Dales experience slots. Most learning styles tend to be audio/visual or visual learners. Click here for more information about Dale’s Cone of Experience.