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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.