Learning styles

Many people and researchers recognise that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. Stewart and Felicetti (1992) define learning styles as those “educational conditions under which a student is most likely to learn.” It is recommended that in order to maximise personal learning each learner should:

  • understand their learning style
  • seek out opportunities to learn using that style

Learning is an interactive process that can occur in multiple environments and in multiple ways (Yildirim and Ozkahraman). Some students may find that they have a dominant style of learning, with far less use of the other styles whereas others may find that they use different styles in different situations.

There is no right or wrong mix and your learning style is not fixed, you can develop your ability in less dominant styles, as well as further develop styles that you are good at.

There are a many different learning theories - here are links to a few examples:

David Kolb: Experiential Learning

Lewin's Cycle

Honey and Mumford's Learning Styles

Riding and Rayner: Cognitive style analysis

You may find it useful to find out and understand your learning style. The link below will direct you to the Centre for Advising and Student Achievement, Colorado State University which has a short quiz which will help form a basic understanding of how you learn best.

What is my learning style?