If you’ve ever given an educator feedback in the form of comments or quizzes, then you may have noticed that there was often an element of guesswork in the answers. As researchers reveal in a new study, there is a reasonable debate about whether most educators don’t know a significant portion of what their students know and when they use a particular method of assessing whether that student is a learner.
How You Call People That Their Learning Style Is In The Classroom Or Online
Whenever I have to provide guidance for a class or in class, I have to check to make sure my answers are correct. Sometimes there are multiple people who are required to learn something in a course, but their needs and learning styles are in a different category. Therefore, how should we be approaching someone’s learning style when advising them on how to be successful?
In general, learners have different learning styles when it comes to non-traditional learning. They also have varying combinations. Although no two learners’ learning styles are the same, at least two styles are likely to arise depending on the learner.
As a Sessional Instructor for 16 years, I have witnessed the learning styles of a wide variety of learners. Here are the learning styles of some of the learners I’ve witnessed in my years as a Sessional Instructor.
The Explorator: Explorator learners are creative, resourceful, goal-driven learners who put their learning first. They are easily intimidated by the demands of academics and may feel that making the grade or finishing the class will be easier if they can do it themselves. Explorators usually seek information and tools on their own before entering an academic subject.
My observation of Explorators is that they are the ones that most definitely want to succeed in school, but they are clueless on how to do so. They may also not be comfortable around formal learning aids, which can be intimidating to some. They are often alone at home because they need help to access their information and tools. After they learn the basics, they are not eager to continue with formal education because they want to do it themselves.
The Performance Type: Performance type learners are typically those who seek recognition and approval from others, as well as a result of their achievement. These learners know their academic result, but they are not fully informed of their surrounding. When I give my training to performance type learners, I encourage them to take the time to expand upon their knowledge and become curious, and to reflect on what has become a major factor in their lives and their current education. Performers know how to modify information on their own by reading it or watching it multiple times.
Active Learners: Active learners view a course as a method to acquire knowledge rather than a means of memorization or exhibition, which they feel creates an unrealistic feeling of stress. They understand that learning in class is a limited time in which their mind needs to be put into activities and activities such as skill building. They know that school and classroom time is only a time to memorize the information. The most challenging time for active learners is when they have to assimilate and use the learning material and then develop additional learning tools. They also know that writing the answers to their questions does not lead to real learning.
Educational Navigators: Educational Navigators are your quislings, who are willing to follow the instructions of the instructor without inquiring why or with what reasoning. I have also observed that Educational Navigators are good at applying skills that they have acquired and learning the material, even if they just pick up the text that is available. Some educators also refer to Educational Navigators as “the university set.”
Visual Learners: Finally, there are learners who are bound and determined to learn without exposure to the real world, but they do not want to learn in a classroom alone. Visual learners can get enough information and do what they need to do in classes. They also know that digital learning is an option for this group as well.
Learning styles come into play at the end of the day. It is imperative that we as instructors ensure that we address and help learners to learn the next level. I would not be surprised if some of the readers of this article had the answers to this question already. However, knowing the learner’s learning style and determining the correct technique for moving forward are two things that we do not often deal with on a daily basis.