Learning With Style
How we approach the world is how we approach learning. That is, we use the same dominant accessing tools and skills when learning something new as we use in our waking hours. These accessing tools are called learning styles, manners which we use one or more of, usually in combination and overlapping: ACTIVE LEARNING STYLE "Just do it!" is a signature phrase for active learning styles. Active learners--formerly dubbed kinesthetic learners--get better mileage from material, instruction, and information when they can move, participate, act, do, be a part of the experience. AUDITORY LEARNING STYLE While this learning style has been reconsidered/updated to fit in other learning categories, those who learn best by listening (to lectures, music, discussions) will remember words and sounds over, say, pictures and diagrams. GLOBAL LEARNING STYLE Global learning styles are those in which the learner finds understanding in studying the whole and coming up with the specific, rather than studying the details and putting them together to come up with the whole. Often mistaken as a style we all have, the global learning style is the type owned by and operated by those who jump about the material/problem seemingly haphazardly, then landing on the "answer", seemingly all of a sudden. SEQUENTIAL LEARNING STYLE As the term suggests, sequential learners absorb best by seeing/finding the sequence of something, by ordering the pieces or steps into a logical, linear and therefore manageable solution, answer, or result. VERBAL LEARNING STYLE Verbal learners are people who use and access information best by words, spoken or written. Still the predominant method used in the classroom, verbal text is actually not as effective in isolation in an environment where a majority are still more visual than verbal. VISUAL LEARNING STYLE Visual learning styles are those using sight and seeing to access, absorb, retain, and use information. Pictures, maps, diagrams, and charts, for example, are the tools that best guide visual learners. Not described here but just as extant are the INTUITIVE LEARNING STYLE, the REFLECTIVE LEARNING STYLE, and the SENSING LEARNING STYLE--which are based in the head and/or the senses and used by learners who are more adept at and accustomed to theory, ideas, and making connections between those theories and ideas. What connections did you make reading this verbally oriented material?