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17.2: Learning Hacks- Learning Styles

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    The Hack 

    While people may prefer to learn in certain ways, learning styles do not exist

    Try to learn new things in many different ways to solidify your learning

    The Story


    Visual learners claim to be people who learn more effectively through pictures, charts, graphs, and videos. Auditory learners claim to be people who learn more effectively through lectures, audio books, and podcasts. Kinesthetic learners claim to be people who learn more effectively through moving around, working with their hands, or acting things out. The truth is, while people may have a preference for how they learn, learning things with their preferred method of learning does not help them learn more effectively than other methods of learning. This means that everyone is an audio-visual-kinesthetic learner because we can all learn new things from all of these different sources.

    The Research

    There is overwhelming research evidence showing that when instructors adjust their teaching to account for learners’ preferred learning styles, it does not impact learning. This means that there is no such thing as a visual learner. While some people might have a preference to learn visually, anyone* can learn visually, just like anyone* can learn auditorily or kinesthetically. In fact, if you learn about the same thing from many different sources explained in different ways, you will learn more than if you are only exposed to one single explanation or source.

    *some learners may have disabilities that impede learning in certain modes (blindness impairs visual learning, deafness impairs auditory learning), in which case learners can focus on other modes of learning

    The Source

    Kirschner, P. A. (2017). Stop propagating the learning styles myth. Computers & Education, 106, 166-171.

    Contributors and Attributions


    • Learning Hacks: Learning Styles. Authored by: Lumen Learning. LicenseCC BY: Attribution


    17.2: Learning Hacks- Learning Styles is shared under a not declared license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by LibreTexts.

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