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Transcript of Learning Styles
Visual Learners vs Verbal Learners
Sequential Learners vs Global Learners
Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement
James Cook University
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Active Learners vs Reflective Learners
understands new information by doing something active with it (discussing, applying, explaining)
keen to experiment with new information
generally enjoys group work
retains information better when applying it practically
Sensing Learners vs Intuitive Learners
likes learning facts and procedures
solves problems using well established methods
generally careful, practical and patient
likes connecting new information to the "real world"
understand and remember information best when seeing it
likes pictures, demonstrations, charts and figures
understands new information in linear order
learns in small incremental steps
likes logical structures and outlines
learns in large leaps and can absorb content in a random order
likes to see the big picture of a subject before mastering the detail (systems thinker)
Why is it beneficial to reflect on your and other's learning styles?
to adopt study methods that help you learn more effectively
to understand the learning styles of people you collaborate with, and thus to communicate more effectively
to modify your study techniques when you are taught by someone who prefers to teach in a way that doesn't suit your learning style
Complete the Index of Learning Styles (ISL) Questionnaire and calculate your scores
If you don't have access to a printed copy of the ILS questionnaire, students can complete an online version at : http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html
How can active learners help themselves?
study in groups or with a friend and explain concepts to each other; find ways to apply new information and "do" something with it
How can reflective learners help themselves?
thinks about new information before acting on it - needs time to digest new content
prefers to think through problems first alone
When studying new content, stop periodically to review what you have read and think of possible questions, write short summaries of readings and class notes,
How can sensing learners help themselves?
find real world application of theories covered during lectures, ask for specific and concrete examples of concepts and procedures
likes discovering relationships between information
oriented towards theories and meanings
often has an innovative approach to problem solving
dislikes repetition, rote learning and routine
How can intuitive learners help themselves?
try to link different theories, concepts and facts covered in a subject to each other, take your time when reading questions and assignment tasks, double check your answers
How can visual learners help themselves?
find or create visual representations of course material, e.g. diagrams, sketches, flow charts, videos; prepare concept maps/ mind maps; colour code your notes
understands and remembers new information best through written and spoken words
likes discussions and written text
How can verbal learners help themselves?
write summaries of course material in your own words, initiate discussions with fellow students to hear their explanations and verbalise your knowledge
How can sequential learners help themselves?
outline the lecture material in a logical order at the start of the semester, rewrite content in an order that makes sense to you
How can global learners help themselves?
skim chapters to get an overview before reading, relate information to thinks you already know, immerse yourself in individual subjects for large blocks of time
Your preference for one learning style or another may be strong, moderate or mild. It may also change throughout your life, just as your appetite does.
A balance between opposing learning styles is most desirable.