learning styles

TEDx Talks: Learning styles & the importance of critical self-reflection | Tesia Marshik


The most common learning styles people hear and believe:

some of us are auditory learners.

some of us are more visual learners.

some of us are more tactile or kinesthetic learners, where we learn best by actually doing things or engaging in physical activities.

learning styles are actually wrong. they don’t exist.

There are still no evidence that matching teaching styles to supposed learning styles or students’ preferences actually makes a difference.

what can be done when learning styles are wrong?

  • Most of what you learn is stored in terms of meaning.

    rereading your note or just rewriting your notes tend to be not very effective.

    In order to retain information, we have to organize it in a way that’s meaningful. make connections to it.

    connecting it to our experiences or coming up with our own examples or thinking of how we’re learning something in one class, and how that relates to what else we know.

    Researches by Chase & Simon in 1973 shows us further evidence that we store information in terms of meaning, not according to a sensory mode.

  • The best way to teach or learn something depends on the content itself.

  • Many things can be taught/learned using multiple sense.

    incorporating multiple sensory experiences into one lesson makes it more meaningful.

a lot of people believe it doesn’t make it true.

information bias:

people don’t like to be wrong, so when people have this belief, or any belief, we tend to look for information that fits our beliefs, and we ignore information that doesn’t fit our beliefs. we look for evidence to support whatever it is we think.

「So is it even harder for people to accept new beliefs which against their old ones? Thanks for 《 beyond feelings》, I am glad to know new beliefs, love the feeling of abandoning my old, false opinions and embracing those new ideas.」

Why not believe in learning styles?

Two reasons that people should stop believing and spreading learning styles:

  • we are wasting valuable time and resources, valuable educational resources.
  • labeling yourself as a learner can not only be misleading, but it can be dangerous.



  • 赋予所学的东西以意义
  • 善用连接来组织知识点
  • 努力避开信息偏好的坑