The truth about learning styles

[Voice Over] According to learning styles
are defined as “the preferential way in which a student absorbs, processes,
comprehends and retains information” The three main types consist of visual,
auditory and kinesthetic ways of learning. While these learning styles are
spoken about and even taught throughout different school systems, the legitimacy
is questioned by scientists everyday. [Rachael] Learning styles are not supported by
science, by the research. What that means is that right now there are no studies
that indicate that when a student is learning in their preferred mode or in
their learning style that they do not perform any better than if they had
learned in a different way. The only thing we know that really works for
improving learning and improving information retention is active learning.
[Voice Over] Active learning in short is a way of teaching problem solving for real-life
scenarios in a classroom. It is a way for students to get useful hands-on
experience and learn the ability to apply what they learn in the classroom
to their everyday lives in future careers. [Rachael] One thing that some professors
have started doing is to do what’s called a flipped classroom in which they
really view the classroom as a place where discussions happen, where
application happens. Come into class prepared to engage in this information
in some way. [Voice Over] Students tend to rely on learning styles to give them an idea of
how to study but in reality students are able to learn in a variety of different
ways. [Rachael] Learning is uncomfortable as it is it’s it’s known to be uncomfortable to
not understand something or to be exposed to information for the first
time so on top of that learning how to learn a different way can be really
challenging. [Voice Over] For The Northerner, this is Abby Behrens.

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