The 7 Styles Of Learning: Which Works For You?

You love to learn. Your students, colleagues, and parents love to learn. But what kind of styles of learning are most effective for each party? Surely there is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning. After all, we’re seeing a dramatic increase in the number of learning tools made available and they cover an array of learning styles.

Read through the following infographic to get a detailed look at the 7 styles of learning. Which is the most effective style for you? What about what works for your students or peers? It might be time to consider that the learning style that works for you may not be the best style for others!

7 styles of learning

Source: Blue Mango Learning

10 Comments

  1. Mara Fuchs

    November 28, 2012 at 6:00 am

    What an interesting infographic! I do however wonder whether these learning styles are not so actually more of a mix than self-standing principles. For instance, I prefer solitary learning, but I often need a social/intrapersonal learning strategy when it comes to understanding something in depth. I’m very dependent on lists and systematic thinking as well. I think, as a teacher, there are certain combinations of homework strategies for instance to make sure you touch all of your students and stimulate them to pick up things in a way that speaks to their style.

  2. ICAL TEFL

    November 29, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Remarkably simplistic. Learners can’t be divided into one of 7 categories. And many have questioned the value of distinctive LS like these…

    • Ky

      November 29, 2012 at 11:06 pm

      And your thinking is remarkably simplistic. Nobody thinks that every person fits into just one of these. That’s what we’re getting away from. You’re the kind of person who would rather do nothing than take a step in the right direction.

  3. Elivan

    November 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    The point to have in mind is quite obvious; learners have a bit of all styles, however some are more predominant.

    People who work with numbers don’t learn in the same way.

  4. Lucas Gruez

    November 30, 2012 at 10:15 am

    It looks like Howard Garner’s Multiple Intelligences, the first version, without “naturalistic intelligence”. But here the expression Multiple Intelligences is not used.
    Multiple Intelligences is much more styles of learning, it’s a very rich and complex theory.
    More informations about MI: http://www.scoop.it/t/intelligences-multiples
    Lucas Gruez

  5. Steve Jones

    November 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Much of the recent research suggests that learning styes is a myth. See http://www.changemag.org/Archives/Back%20Issues/September-October%202010/the-myth-of-learning-full.html

  6. Case

    November 30, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    These principles were published in 1983 by Howard Gardner in his book “Frames Of Mind”. From 1967 he worked on his idea of the multiple intelligences and connected to that the 7 learning styles.
    Tests connected to those learning styles can be found (for instance) at: http://www.businessballs.com/howardgardnermultipleintelligences.htm#multiple%20intelligences%20tests

    More interesting is his work afterwards, where he had to add other intelligences / learning styles, because the 7 where from the old educational / socio-psychological perspectives from the industrial / information society and could not cover / deal with learning / intelligences which became more visible in the present network society.
    These intelligences are: naturalist, spiritual, existential, moral.
    See for instance:
    http://howardgardner.com/http://www.infed.org/thinkers/gardner.htm

  7. sputniksteve

    December 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Are we really still peddling this, despite the lack of evidence in support of its effectiveness?

  8. Davey

    December 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    This ‘Learning styles’ infographic and Howard Gardners theories on multiple intelligence aren’t based on any type of (decent) scientific research. These types of ‘theories on learning’ are deceptive and dangerous when presented to teachers as factual information. Let is, educational professionals, work together and help get these misconceptions out of the world by presententing educational models that do work effectively and have been proven to work with scientific evidence behind them.

    • Red Barn Jim

      December 23, 2012 at 6:35 am

      I’m not am academic, just a widower who raised 4 kids on my own.
      I didn’t need in-depth analyses to prove/disprove that my kids are different in many ways.
      Instead, I paid attention.
      I came across Gardner a long time ago, and it Did help me