Learning Styles

Month: October, 2013

My Learning Style


My results show that I have a strong preference for the reflective learning style. This is because I prefer working alone and thinking about what I have to do rather than working in a group.

I have a moderate preference for the intuitive learning style. This is because I like maths and problem solving, and I like understanding new concepts. Also I don’t like courses where I have to memerize lots of facts, I prefer to understand a concept so then I can apply it in different ways.

I have no strong preference for either the visual or verbal learning styles although I tend to prefer written instructions rather than diagrams.

I have a strong preference for the sequential learning style because I gain understanding in linear steps, with each step following logically from the previous one instead of learning in large jumps and then suddenly understanding the material. This may be because I like Maths and that requires you to think logically about how you are going to solve a problem.

These skills will be helpful for what I want to study at University in the future as programming requires you to have good logic skills as you need to think in logical steps to solve problems.

Sequential Learners

  • Sequential learners gain an understanding in linear steps whereas global learners tend to learn in large jumps and then suddenly “getting it”.
  • Sequential learners tend to follow logical stepwise paths in finding solutions whereas global learners may be able to solve complex problems quickly but may not be able to explain how they did it.

How sequential learners can help themselves

  • Most school/college courses are taught sequentially, however if your teacher often jumps around from topic to topic then you should ask your teacher to fill in the gaps so that you gain a better understanding of the subject.
  • When you are revising, do so in a logical, structured manner so that you will find it easier to understand and remember the information.

Global Learners

  • Global learners find it helpful to see the big picture before trying to understand the smaller details and learning material in large jumps

How global learners can help themselves

  • Before beginning to study text, you should first skim read the text to get an overview.
  • Rather than studying for multiple subjects in one night, you may find it easier to focus more on one subject so you get a deeper understanding of the subject.

Verbal Learners

  • Prefer written and spoken explanations over visual representations of information.

How verbal learners can help themselves

  • Write summaries or outlines of course material in your own words.
  • Work in groups if possible and listen to other peoples’ explanations.

Visual Learners

  • Visual learners remember what they see best e.g. pictures, diagrams, flow charts, time lines etc.

How visual learners can help themselves

  • Try to find diagrams, sketches, flow charts etc. that represents the information you are trying to understand.
  • Create a mind map with key points, putting them in boxes and colour coding them.

Intuitive Learners

  • Intuitive learners prefer discovering possibilities and relationships over learning facts.
  • Intuitive learners like innovation and dislike repetition whereas sensing learners prefer to solve problems by using well-established methods.
  • Intuitive learners may be able to better understand new concepts and are often more comfortable than sensing learners with abstractions and mathematical formulations.

How intuitive learners can help themselves

  • Ask your teacher for interpretations or theories that link the facts, or try to find connections yourself.
  • Take time to read questions before you start answering as intuitive learners often make small mistakes due to boredom because of repetition.

Sensing Learners

  • Sensing learners tend to like learning facts whereas intuitive learners often prefer possibilities and relationships between information.
  • Sensing learners usually prefer solving problems by well-established methods and dislike complications.
  • Sensing learners tend to be good at memorizing facts and doing hands-on work whereas intuitors might be better at grasping abstract concepts and mathematical formulations.

How sensing learners can help themselves

  • Ask your teacher for examples that relate to real life if the material you are covering is abstract/theoretical.

Reflective Learners

  • Reflective learners understand remember information best by thinking about it quitely, whereas active learners prefer to apply the information and discuss with others.
  • Reflective learns prefer to think about things first before doing it whereas active learners prefer to try things out first to see how it works.

How reflective learns can help themselves

  • Don’t just read or memorize the information, stop from time-to-time to review what you have read and to think of possible questions or applications.
  • Reflective learners may find it helpful to write short summaries of what they’ve read or writing class notes in their own words, which will enable them to retain the information more effectively.

Active Learners

  • Active learners understand and remember information best by applying the information or discussing and explaining with others.
  • Active learners usually prefer group work over working alone.
  • Active learners may find it hard to sit through lectures where they are unable to do anything physical, other than taking notes.

How active learners can help themselves

  • Study in a group in which you explain topics to each other.
  • Try to do something with the information you are studying, for example working with others to guess what you will be asked on the next test and how you will answer.