It is a well-established fact that people learn differently. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another. So what learner type are you?
You may find that hands-on learning is best for you, while your friend may prefer to follow set instructions. The good thing is that when it comes to learning, there is no right or wrong approach. However, it can be useful to have a better understanding of your individual best way of learning so you can maximise your skills.
The learning-style model developed by Peter Honey and Alan Mumford can be a useful place to start, as they outlined four different types of learner:
Learner type: Activist
Do you read instructions first, or do you launch right into building that piece of furniture? If you choose the latter, you may be an activist, as they tend to learn by doing. Activists prefer to solve problems and are happy to work with others.
Most effective activities for the Activist learner type:
- problem solving
- group discussion
Learner type: Reflector
This type of learner prefers to stay on the sidelines and observe the world around them. Reflectors are also very good at looking at a situation from different points of view. You may be a reflector if you like talking things through with other people to help form an opinion.
Most effective activities for the Reflector learner type:
- background information
- applying theories
Learner type: Pragmatist
Pragmatists like to apply their knowledge rather than relying on abstract concepts. They like to try out their ideas in the real world. Pragmatists will not believe something to be fact until they can see it in action. Does that sound like you?
Most effective activities for the Pragmatist learner type:
- time to think about how to apply learning in reality
- case studies
- problem solving
Learner type: Theorist
Are you the person who always asks for a reason before taking action? If so, you could well be a theorist. These type of learners need to access facts and theories to help them engage with what they are learning. Theorists tend to be more systematic and logical in their approach to learning.
Most effective activities for the Theroist learner type:
- paired discussions
- self analysis questionnaires
- personality questionnaires
- time out
- observing activities
- feedback from others
Well, which style type applies to you? Maybe you feel you are a combination of a few different styles – many people are. In any event, no matter how you like to learn, make sure you enjoy the experience.
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