Learning Styles – A Complete Myth

Learning Styles – A Complete Myth


Learning styles are a complete myth. Say what?? It’s true, but I’ll get to that in a moment. First of all, what are learning styles? Unless you’ve slept through every single
class you’ve ever attended, you’ll know it’s the idea that everyone has a preferred
way to take in information. If you’re taught or you study using your
preferred style, you’ll learn more effectively. This idea’s been around since the 1970’s
and it’s been continued on by well-meaning teachers and diligent students aiming for
effective learning. We all want to learn faster and more effectively,
that’s no surprise. Unfortunately, there is no credible evidence
that learning styles exist. In fact, the best evidence indicates the opposite. Every student will have different levels of
ability, interest and background knowledge, but not learning styles. Research shows that when people have a favorite
style of presentation, it’s usually a preference for a type of task or subject they have a
high ability for, and already feel successful at. If you’re good at music, you might think
you’re an auditory leaner, or if you’re artistic you might think you’re visual. You might prefer to learn in a particular
way, but there’s no evidence that it will help you learn more effectively. When researchers now look at students who
are using their preferred style, the results of those students aren’t any better than
students who are not using their preferred style. But here’s the really crazy thing. Up to 90% of teachers still believe learning
styles are real. Here’s a couple of interesting tests for
you to try. Ask your teacher if they support the idea
of learning styles. Search Google or YouTube for ‘learning styles’
and see how many of the top results still push this myth. And here’s a good one to check out. Go to the website for any college or university
and search for ‘learning styles’. You might be amazed how many research institutions
teach something that’s been debunked by research. So why hasn’t the message gotten out, why
is this myth still perpetuated? There’re a number of reasons, but I think
a big one is because academic and scientific researchers are typically not great at marketing. It’s like when a newspaper makes a false
claim or statement on their front page. Everybody hears about the original claim and
thinks it’s true. Unfortunately, when the newspaper retracts
that statement and apologizes for their error, it only appears on page 8. Nobody knows or cares. So if learning styles aren’t real, what’s
the solution? What’s the most effective way to learn and
study? Follow the card on your screen and check out
my video on the top six study strategies that are supported by academic research. But what happens if you still don’t believe
all the latest evidence? What if you’re determined to keep using
what you think is your strongest learning style? Well, you’ll just learn more slowly and
less effectively than other people, get lower grades than you’re capable of achieving
and waste a lot of time and effort. And you’ll probably look a bit silly too. Leave a comment below and tell me what school
or university you can find that’s still pushing the myth of learning styles.

28 thoughts on “Learning Styles – A Complete Myth

  1. I've learned to not believe every YouTube's opinion so… ye i don't believe you since you literally have no science behind it

  2. Check out the references in the description for the latest academic research about learning styles. And then tell me – what school, college or university can you find that's still teaching about learning styles?

  3. Hello can you a do a video on how to revise effectively for GCSEs please ❀️❀️❀️

  4. As far as I know, colleagues at my University (www.uni.lu) have been telling future teacher students about learning styles… and i guess this myth is hard to kill, because it sounds as if it could make sense, it acknowledges a "pedagogical no-brainer" that all kids are different, it values existing differences between people and it sounds like it's easy to implement and it probably helps to give kids access to the same "thing" in a variety of ways (but this helps all kids, irrespective of their supposed learning styles).

  5. well im not good ar biology and dont like it but learning from it visually helps me understand it more..so is that a learng style?

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  7. Thanks for the video. I'm an Educator & Academic Facilitator myself.

    I do believe that if Learning Styles are facilitated correctly it can be beneficial in some way. Individuals actually have all learning styles, but just to a certain preference. And, for example, if I have high visual preference it doesn't mean I can't use auditory techniques. The problem I believe comes in when you put students in a box and say: "Well, you can only use visual techniques because you have high visual preference." That is wrong.

    In my case, I prefer to use different multiple study methods within all the different styles. I guess there are many people who agree or disagree with this topic. Thanks again for the video!

  8. Solihull Sixth Form College although my teacher does acknowledge that there is no evidence to support this and the whole idea is built on a hunch

  9. May be it is not learning style but learning method. Whatever you call it there is need to develop an effective learning method that achieves learning out comes

  10. i was told i had a certain learning style 27 years ago, I never believed that this was the case, I did however, feel that the whole agenda was to explain away why we as a country are so behind and after reading Charlottes Iserbyts book, The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America which included the Dept of Educations agenda under former Pres Reagan, I was shocked and pretty pissed off, the powers that be intentionally keep the students conformed and unable to think for themselves using disgusting techniques which are too deep, read the book and be equally shocked, these learning styles bull crap are to profit and explain away the low reading levels, complete bull hockey

  11. I teach in the College of Education at one of the largest private, Christian universities in the country. I am constantly having to debunk the mis-information written into the curriculum for my courses. Thus…I'm out on the web looking for more information to help relay this message. Thanks for explaining this concept so clearly.

  12. Hmmm….I'm trying to stay open minded here. What I'm hearing you say is that it should be called "learning preferences" instead of "learning styles." If that's the case, I still think these styles or "preferences" hold value for teachers. If I know most of my students prefer acting out an idea over listening about an idea, I need to take that into consideration, right? I've always identified as "intrapersonal" and that label does reflect my need for self reflection and processing of new ideas, so I don't think we can say learning styles are a "myth" per se, but a preference attained through experiences rather than a style we were born with.

  13. Eventually it will get out. But it has been proven that enjoying learning helps you learn as well as your mood. So I think in a waybit dies matter because you might find music more enjoyable and relaxingbtgan reading.

  14. I don't know to react hahah
    As a pre-service teacher, I was taught of different thinking and learning styles. @CLSU

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