Recently I have been to a staff development workshop and one of the sessions was about how students learn. This was important for me from a teacher’s point of view as well as a student’s.
The trainer introduced a simple tool that can be used to classify a person to the preferred learning style that suited best based on a series of questions and preferences. What I found most interesting was how accurate it was when I did it for my self.
I was in the blue category. This meant that my strengths were in concepts, theory and reflection. I would prefer to:-
- learn by thinking through experience, judging the accuracy of the encounter and examining details and specifics
- take time to reflect and ponder on the experiences
- excel in traditional lecture-style environments
- in conflict situations dissect the problem – determine facts, presenting them systematically in a conclusion.
I would NOT prefer:-
- information that is out of sequence
- pass/fail grading rather than scores
- group grades
- teachers who do not prevent cheating
The full list and the assessment tool can be downloaded from the following links (full credit goes to Centre for Learning and Development, ECU). What is your learning style? While it may not be completely accurate for everyone, it definitely gives a few thoughts to ponder.
Learner Style (PDF)
Learning Style Tool (PDF)