Learning Styles is an incredibly popular concept in education.

But is it true?

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Have you ever heard someone say….
A woman says "I'm a visual learner".
Or said it yourself?

That’s called a “learning style.”

The idea is that you learn more effectively when you get information matched to your own particular learning style, such as:
Icon of an eye


icon of an ear


icon of a hand


icon of a book


It makes sense, right?

We know that everyone is different:
Some people have stronger visual abilities, while others have better verbal abilities.

But does that mean that you might learn better from just visual information...

...while someone else might learn better from hearing the information?

Let’s look at the science.

In 2009, a group of learning scientists reviewed the existing research on learning styles.
They found many articles with opinions about learning styles,

but only a few research studies with rigorous experiments looking for real evidence.

And to prove (or disprove) that learning styles are helpful, we need evidence.

One of the experiments looked like this:

Students in the experiment took screening tests designed to determine each of their learning styles.
Young man prefers textual learning style.
Woman prefers a visual learning style.
Older may prefers a written learning style.
Woman prefers a visual learning style.
Then they participated in a lesson on the computer.
During the lesson, some students were given “visual” help screens with images and graphs…
Visual hint
Visual hint
…while others were given help screens with just text.
At the end of the lesson, everyone took the same test.

What do you think the results of the test were?

Do you think students who got help in their preferred learning style performed…