Style of learning is your personal way of moving through the cycle of learning. It also determines how you approach life. Do you prefer to trust your own feelings or reflect? Are you inclined to watch and listen to others or act immediately?
Let’s find out what learning styles are, how they can help us learn new material.
What is this?
Your learning style is not congenital and once and for all a certain characteristic; rather, it is a certain state at every stage of life. In popular psychology, it is common to approach the definition of both others and oneself in the context of opposite parameters: a person, in fact, is either introvert or extrovert. This is an outdated approach that implies a stereotypical view of both oneself and others: it gives a rather superficial portrait of a multidimensional unique personality that does not allow for change, learning and development.
Your learning style is not congenital and once and for all a certain characteristic; rather, it is a certain state at every stage of life.
Most have a preference for a single learning style, and a few more are used as backup options. Many also try to avoid some of them.
9 learning styles
Read the full description of each of the nine learning styles and try to determine which ones you prefer, which ones you use as substitutes and what you try to avoid. Realizing the cycle of knowledge, we tend to start with our favorite and most comfortable style and apply it under serious stress.
Using Sense Style, you get involved, make connections, apply intuition. You are a great team player, you form a trusting relationship with others. You do not feel discomfort in the manifestation of emotions, skillfully manage them, even in stressful situations.
- Formation of trust relationship
- Involvement and passion
- Formation of connections at the personal level
- The free expression of emotions
Using an imaginary style, you show care, trust, empathy and creativity. You feel comfortable in situations of uncertainty, you like to help others, offer new ideas, create an image of the future.
- Search for new ideas
- A show of sympathy
- Attention to other people’s opinions
- The vision of new opportunities
Using a reflexive style, you show patience, caution and restraint, allowing others to play a major role. You listen without bias and gather information from different sources. You are able to look at the task from different perspectives and identify fundamental problems and issues.
- Fair hearing
- Collecting information from various sources
- Identifying fundamental problems and issues
- Analysis of the task from different points of view
using the Analytical Style, you show a structured, methodical, accurate approach. You think things over in advance to minimize errors; gather and summarize information to form the most complete picture; critically analyze and review the situation. You methodically analyze the data.
- Pre-planning to avoid errors
- Organization of information and forming the complete picture
- Data analysis
- Using theories and models to explain what is happening
By working in a decisive style, you show a realistic view…
on things, responsibility and straightforwardness. You set goals.
and find practical approaches to solving problems. Capable of focusing on a specific task.
- Defining practical solutions
- All attention to the main goal
- Finding solutions to problems
- Confidence in your own point of view, even on controversial issues.
Using the current style, you all make progress; you are determined, courageous, focused on achievements. Focus on your goals and find ways to achieve your goals even when you’re short of time. Capable of implementing what is planned with limited resources.
- You’re on time.
- Find a way to get what you want.
- Focused and result-oriented.
- Implementing plans in a resource-constrained environment
Using an initiating style, you behave openly and naturally, are able to quickly survive failure and continue to move forward. You look for fresh opportunities and get involved in a new job without looking back.
- Flexible adaptation to changing conditions
- Influence and motivation of others
- The ability to find new opportunities
- The ability to continue working after failures
Using a balancing style, you notice blind spots in a situation, skillfully smooth out differences and contradictions between people. Find the right resources masterfully and adapt to changing priorities.
- Searching for blind spots in a situation
- Smoothing differences between people
- Adapting to changing priorities
Please note: the names are formulated in the form of participles, and this emphasizes that each of the stages is a process, not a state. We don’t call a man a thinker, but we say that he prefers the Thinking Style. But people who use this approach and really think more, are quite capable of owning other styles as well.
Style will help to find an approach to learning
By figuring out what style you prefer and what opportunities it offers, you will be able to better understand yourself and learn to relate the chosen method to the requirements of the situation. It is also easier to explain to yourself why in certain situations it is not possible to achieve serious results and how to improve performance.
By figuring out what style you prefer and what opportunities it offers, you will be able to better understand yourself and learn to relate the chosen method to the requirements of the situation.
Knowing the features of your favorite method, you can see why some topics or tasks seem interesting and others almost hated. The information about your preferred learning style helps you to find out why some people live with an attitude, i.e. with an established once and for all view of their own abilities.
Many of those who were not very good at school may consider themselves not smart enough, but having understood what style is preferable to them, they realize that perhaps it is more convenient for them to study in a different way than in a traditional school.