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You are not a visual learner - learning styles are a stubborn myth. Part of this video is sponsored by Google Search.

Special thanks to Prof. Daniel Willingham for the interview and being part of this video.
Special thanks to Dr Helen Georigou for reviewing the script and helping with the scientific literature.
Special thanks to Jennifer Borgioli Binis for consulting on the script.
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References:

Pashler, H., McDaniel, M., Rohrer, D., & Bjork, R. (2008). Learning styles: Concepts and evidence. Psychological science in the public interest, 9(3), 105-119. - ve42.co/Pashler2008

Willingham, D. T., Hughes, E. M., & Dobolyi, D. G. (2015). The scientific status of learning styles theories. Teaching of Psychology, 42(3), 266-271. - ve42.co/Willingham

Massa, L. J., & Mayer, R. E. (2006). Testing the ATI hypothesis: Should multimedia instruction accommodate verbalizer-visualizer cognitive style?. Learning and Individual Differences, 16(4), 321-335. - ve42.co/Massa2006

Riener, C., & Willingham, D. (2010). The myth of learning styles. Change: The magazine of higher learning, 42(5), 32-35.- ve42.co/Riener2010

Husmann, P. R., & O'Loughlin, V. D. (2019). Another nail in the coffin for learning styles? Disparities among undergraduate anatomy students’ study strategies, class performance, and reported VARK learning styles. Anatomical sciences education, 12(1), 6-19. - ve42.co/Husmann2019

Snider, V. E., & Roehl, R. (2007). Teachers’ beliefs about pedagogy and related issues. Psychology in the Schools, 44, 873-886. doi:10.1002/pits.20272 - ve42.co/Snider2007

Fleming, N., & Baume, D. (2006). Learning Styles Again: VARKing up the right tree!. Educational developments, 7(4), 4. - ve42.co/Fleming2006

Rogowsky, B. A., Calhoun, B. M., & Tallal, P. (2015). Matching learning style to instructional method: Effects on comprehension. Journal of educational psychology, 107(1), 64. - ve42.co/Rogowskyetal

Coffield, Frank; Moseley, David; Hall, Elaine; Ecclestone, Kathryn (2004). - ve42.co/Coffield2004

Furey, W. (2020). THE STUBBORN MYTH OF LEARNING STYLES. Education Next, 20(3), 8-13. - ve42.co/Furey2020

Dunn, R., Beaudry, J. S., & Klavas, A. (2002). Survey of research on learning styles. California Journal of Science Education II (2). - ve42.co/Dunn2002


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  • lilyy
    lilyy

    as someone with adhd, that memory test looks like a nightmare lol. the reason i consider myself a visual is because if i cant look back to what what was just said, i literally will not remember it. i need a visual support to be able to tie in the first part that was taught with the second part

  • Winged Panther
    Winged Panther

    I used to teach math. I didn't focus on learning styles (kinda hard to do, given the topic). What I did do was focus on engaging with existing knowledge, giving clear, step-by-step instruction, and give students the chance to immediately confirm their knowledge. Mental engagement with immediate feedback. A silent classroom was treated as a confused classroom.

  • Victoria Knits
    Victoria Knits

    I don’t feel like I’m any of Vark… I learn best when I talk about and apply the information I’m given. It doesn’t have to be hands on. I just need to dissect the information I’m given in any format verbally out load or in writing. One strategy I use I work if I don’t understand something is I write a blog on it to explain it. Things click more when I’m writing to explain it.

  • Maggerrzz
    Maggerrzz

    I think this topic is much larger than you were able to cover in this short video. I don't have an opinion on learning styles, but I know that a lecturer presenting information, with visual and verbal details, doesn't stick very well for me. If I'm able to have a to and fro with the educator to discuss my understanding of the topic, and accept corrections and criticisms, I do much better. My point being, information repeated back is memory, answering an exam question is memory, but learning requires integration of information to become knowledge and understanding, and I believe that can only happen through to-and-fro discussion and critical thinking. Practical use of knowledge is then another skilll. Also important to remember that you can only form knowledge from information available to you, the integrity of which should always be questioned. I still fall back to my favourite interpretation of wisdom, the only thing I know is that I know nothing.

  • Tony Nathan
    Tony Nathan

    Repetition learner

  • youdontknowme
    youdontknowme

    learning styles dont exist... the horror

  • Karim
    Karim

    People love to make associations. Even if they don't exist

  • regeman100
    regeman100

    im type 5 - terrible learner

  • Hanna K
    Hanna K

    Learning styles have to do with our personalities too. When I say I am a visual learner it means that I like to get all the information at once on one plate, allowing me to choose the order in which I will be learning different parts of it myself. It also gives me a chance to learn things in comparison. No lecture allows me to choose the preferred order or can present 2 things at once for me to easily compare, which simply results in me losing all interest and falling asleep. But some get overwhelmed when all the information is not split into small portions and is loaded into one diagram without a clear order in which it's meant to be digested. Those people would enjoy a lecture way more. It's not about the sensory channel, it's about the characteristics of each channel that we either like or dislike.

  • RC Slyman
    RC Slyman

    Interesting. I'm not really sure what my preferred learning style is, but I know it isn't auditory. Not because I'm incapable of learning by listening, but rather because listening to someone drone on for an hour or so becomes white noise.

  • Nope Nope
    Nope Nope

    Commenting this before watching the video. I am a mix of all. I have to read, write, listen, and see. I'm in a good university and I have always felt inferior because I need to do so many things before I learn. I envy people who just listens, just watches, etc. but I found a way that works for me and that's all that matters.

    • Nope Nope
      Nope Nope

      OMG IM NOT AN IDIOT. I am so happy rn. I am actually so happy. So this is what it feels like to have your insecurity disproved!

  • Mike Hunt
    Mike Hunt

    Just so I’m understanding this, the video was basically all about confirmation bias?

  • Niko Bella-Khouf
    Niko Bella-Khouf

    Google is the LAST search engine to use if you want accurate, reliable, and unbiased information.

  • Sofia
    Sofia

    As a computer engineering student I feel like they are all important. While taking lectures I listen to the professor but I also need to read slides with both written informations and graphic explanations (of algorithms or circuit architecture for example) and to highlight or write note about additional things. Then is fundamental doing exercises as practice is the only way to internalize a great amount of informations

  • lespetits zoiseaux
    lespetits zoiseaux

    Google search got caught admitting bias and censorship since 2016…

  • Matthew Lim
    Matthew Lim

    I'm no research scientist, but the tests cited seemed straight up BAD. VARK could be way off, but these tests claiming to "put a nail in the coffin" of learning styles aren't even remotely conclusive. For example, only testing college students all with the same anatomy major in the same school is an aggressively biased sample. It's like an ostrich with their head in the sand claiming light is a myth. Where are the self starting entrepreneurs? The high school drop outs that succeeded teaching themselves but couldn't learn in class to save their lives? Those on the autistic spectrum with completely different learning styles, pretty much by definition? Children, that haven't been completely inculcated with public school's style of teaching? Dyslexics? ESL students that literally have to write out recorded lessons and translate them word by word(my dad)? Savants with 80 IQ that learn and play songs with a single hearing? Others that see a scene once and can draw it with near perfect accuracy? Those with speech problems? ADHD? I know genius level IQ people that can't focus on text for more than a couple sentences but can ace all their tests by using their other faculties. My two kids(one of which is autistic) with nearly identical DNA learn with stubbornly different styles. You really only need one example to prove the existence of something, and there's clearly so many more than one. Educators and parents(probably) overwhelmingly believe in styles, because they see day after day the exact same education styles failing to teach kids with the same effectiveness. They also see, different styles of teaching have gigantic results in improving learning for various struggling students. What is every tutor using a basketball analogy doing, if not using a different learning style to help a student who failed to grasp what they heard, or read? I'd love for teaching styles to be a myth. I'd have so much more hair, and less gray ones too. The fact is the same style of teaching doesn't work for all people. Period. I'd argue there isn't even a convincing alternative explanation if "learning styles is a myth". Reading text isn't necessarily "auditory" as the example test suggests(completely invalidating those results). A visual learner could be painting pictures with the words more than listening to their own voice in their head reading the text. Clearly there's also more abstract, spatial, emotional, narrative and conceptual ways that brains work with beyond the standard auditory, visual, and kinesthetic, not to mention interest and ability to focus, none of which have been accounted for in these "studies". Just having a preference for one style also might not be competitive with learning in multiple styles, and this could account for poor results on the tests looking to isolate more absolute preferences. They could be more of a blended style spectrum to account for deficits and be confusing test results(like someone who struggles with reading could be compensating with higher aptitude, logical thought experimentation, listening closely to the lecture, and/or tons of extra rote work). This, however, in no way invalidates the examples of clear preference, and certainly doesn't take into account neural plasticity creating the possibility of compensating for preference over time. I can verbally tell my dad 100 times(literally) how to do something on the computer. I can show him visually 100 times(literally) how I do something on the computer. He will never learn it unless I sit him down, and physically make him go through the steps himself by hand. Email, googling, even math(he was a math major). He will, no joke, rewrite exactly what I show him before he can get it. Then he can get it immediately. He's a kinesthetic boomer. It's not confirmation bias. I don't want this to be true. He just is. I wish to God I could just send him video, or tell him what to do over the phone. A literal lifetime of trying every other way has stacked the evidence that he truly has a learning style, and he's not even close to being the only one. It's not a double blind study, but it's closer to a case study than an anecdote. Proving the existence of different learning styles really only requires one example. I've given many. They may not all fall cleanly into VARK's categorical preferences, and clearly we have much to learn about the human brain, but problems with VARK's limitations in no way invalidates clear evidence for learning styles generally.

  • alice abbott
    alice abbott

    I think the learning styles "myth" most likely comes from more people being neurodivergent then we knew before. Because when you'r neurodivergent learning in some ways is almost impossible. It's all about the different ways our brains work. I know a lot of people that have auditory processing disorder as well as other things that could fall under the Neurodiversity umbrella that could fit with the learning styles myth.

  • Moxzot
    Moxzot

    I can learn from all 4 but it depends on the subject which works best.

  • Skia SL
    Skia SL

    The thing is, learning isnt memorising (at least it shouldn’t be) its understanding, this test was for memorising things that have no reason or rhyme, so its going to be completely different to understanding, therefore this isnt a good experiment. People have a harder time repeating information that doesnt make sense then actually understanding a concept and then explaining it in their own words

  • Nephalem beris
    Nephalem beris

    what if i learn better with both verbal and visual demonstration?

  • EnDeRBeaT
    EnDeRBeaT

    "What kind of learner are you?" Lazy.

  • Asterismos
    Asterismos

    I was really surprised that my learning style test showed me to be equal parts visual and auditory: I'm an art major with excellent visual memory and spacial reasoning, and I have auditory processing disorder which means there's a significant lag in the time it takes me to understand what I'm hearing, and I often can't understand or remember subtle auditory details like what different accents sound like or what the tune of a song I've heard once recently is. I'm not incompetent with auditory stuff: my pronunciation in languages I'm practiced in is very good and I've played music for years and can sing very well, but it is more difficult for me and takes much more effort than it should, normally.

  • Joshua Willis
    Joshua Willis

    I’m a professional educator. We aren’t taught VARK to learn to tailor instruction to individual students. We learn VARK as a metric to determine the effectiveness of a lesson. When possible, a lesson should hit all 4 modalities. Essentially what you call the Multimedia Effect is VARK to teachers. It’s basically just a way to maintain a diversity of approaches to the material, which objectively makes it more engaging.

  • Ruiluth
    Ruiluth

    Encouraging critical thinking while also supporting Google as a trustworthy source for true and _unbiased_ information? Wow, my respect for this channel just fell about three pegs.

  • 地図
    地図

    my brain will take the information when it wants to so i can't put my hand into this convo

  • Eivind Kvitberg
    Eivind Kvitberg

    I always suspected that there were no thing like learning styles, or at least not for me. I remember many times, when asked, I would answer that this subject would be easier to learn if someone explained it to me while other times I would say that I would learn better if I saw it visually. I never managed to decide what kind of learner I was.

  • Shiv Chauhan
    Shiv Chauhan

    Parents in India- Slaps are the best teaching strategy.

  • Rubi M
    Rubi M

    i learn by taking notes - like, if i don't write it down I will 100% never remember that thing, and i need to write every single word to able to internalize it. don't know what tipe of learner does that makes me

  • Lance Pattinson
    Lance Pattinson

    i learnt this in NLP 15 years ago - except i dont remember the wRighting bit

  • Songs From the Lake's Head
    Songs From the Lake's Head

    I don't quite like the test. Learning is not the same as remembering.

  • kimber Lee
    kimber Lee

    Hear the info, write it in your own words, study your written notes for tests: BOOM! You’ve passed!

  • Matko Doris
    Matko Doris

    Visual learner? Some concepts are too complex to be accompanied by visual material. But, of course, even the retarded kids should be thoroughly educated, hence this video.

  • Alondra
    Alondra

    It seems like everyone is a visual learner & I'm over here being an auditory learner lol

  • Michael cee
    Michael cee

    google search is controversial

  • Juanma Jg
    Juanma Jg

    Stress. I'm extremely good at memorizing stuff when stressed. That's why I've always studied 1 o 2 days before the exams and sometimes I even get honors.

  • Steven Fulmer
    Steven Fulmer

    The biggest myth, is "how to _learn_ more." Truth is... most people aren't raised to "learn properly." You can't teach an adult to be inquisitive. Same; you can't teach an adult to "learn." Kids~> must be raised in an environment to "know _how_ to learn."

  • Rogier Dikkes
    Rogier Dikkes

    Years ago I came to the conclusion that the teachers are key in learning material. When I was thought Pi by our math teacher, he gave up teaching that year. Not until 10 years ago I saw a gif displaying how Pi really works, it was the first moment it clicked. I memorized the Pi number, knew what it was used for to calculate it. But never really understood the core principle behind it. Mr Mars (still remember the math teachers name to this date) decided the loud kids in the room were reason for him to cross his arms and read a book till class was over for the entire year. Most people I talked with that had a good teacher still remember them, had better study results and got further with their study. Unfortunately great students get great teachers, while students that have trouble learning often end up with the teachers that should not teach and do not have good skills.

  • Khallilia Gray
    Khallilia Gray

    Wether you learn something or pay attention to what taught or not is your choice, and can be based on your mood that day. I think being taught in your prefered larning style, even if it doesn't help, it's our PREFERENCE. meaning we will make a conscious choice to pay attention and learn better if we are taught in our PREFERRED lerning style. So keep teaching and learning!

  • Tommuli Haudankaivaja
    Tommuli Haudankaivaja

    For me, I don't learn if I write on paper or do something(like for example a test in chemistry). But audio- and visual teaching makes me learn something well. I also learn almost as well when writing on computer. I don't think learning as remembering, but as understanding the subject and having the ability to utilize the subject in something useful.

  • Mohd Yusoff
    Mohd Yusoff

    this is really flawed uh 'test'

  • Anna Piegza
    Anna Piegza

    idk man, i had such a hard time grasping how an engine works but when i saw it with all its pieces and seeing how they were supposed to move it all made sense. Memorization is not the same as learning and understanding.

  • Rain •
    Rain •

    My learning style is "If I find it interesting I'll know everything about it"

  • Estrella Vega
    Estrella Vega

    OK, finished the video, and I'm really disappointed: I could have told you the same thing. I was expecting more unusual findings, but you're just saying that you need to look at maps to learn geography and listen to music to learn music....uh, obviously?

  • Estrella Vega
    Estrella Vega

    Haven't finished watching the video yet, but there's a HUGE difference between learning and memorizing. Learning involves understanding, whereas memorizing doesn't. For memorizing a bunch of random words, you're going to need a strategy regardless of your learning style.

  • Lonely Branch
    Lonely Branch

    Learning styles are real in a way, at least for me. I understand many things wayyy better with visuals and hands on. Sure words sometimes help, but my goodness certain instructions need 0 words for me. Just give me good images of how things should go and where, and I will understand. If I don't, I can figure it out hands-on. Words just bore me unless I'm in English class.

  • cheapspace
    cheapspace

    When you are at the college level it’s possible the individual has already adapted their learning style so any new information can be assimilated no matter what style is used. Most kids have not been taught or learned how to do this yet and struggle to learn and retain information. Let’s also remember stress is a huge factor in learning.

  • Xean Luxcrille
    Xean Luxcrille

    Hmm, I'm doubtful of both sides. On one hand, I think that interest in the subject at hand is what actually makes people learn. The idea is that you have to understand a concept before you can claim you learned it, so I'm not really sold with VARKs though I do admit like some people's interest is piqued when they are attuned to devices of learning (visually, auditory, kinesthetically, etc.), basically it's still their INTEREST that made them learn something. On the other hand, I feel like most of the disproving studies (including the one you performed on the streets) are simply inadequate. You see memorizing is VERY DIFFERENT from understanding. Memorizing is more like a simple copy-paste from a stack that's already in your brain while understanding is more like your thought process travelling through a road that makes sense of a concept. Simply put, I wouldn't say there is a set template to learning. This VARKs functions more of a social construct just to make this a little easier to understand. In my case, regardless of visual or auditory presentation, I can only say I've learned something if I can imagine the concept in my head and IT MAKES SENSE. At the end of the day, everyone learns at their own pace with varying qualities of absorbed concepts.

  • Johnny Robinson
    Johnny Robinson

    Your experiment was designed to prove your point. The people were asked to remember 10 things. Their brains were not engaged. By the third test they were actively engaged. If you had given them 3 different visual test they would have done better on the third one also. Different people have different brains, I am dyslexic I do not learn by reading.

  • Ishaan Singh
    Ishaan Singh

    Beautiful video

  • It's Britney Bisch
    It's Britney Bisch

    The guy at 3:00 is the only honest one of them all.

  • smalls9852
    smalls9852

    Add this to the list of "tests" I was taught in high school that would supposedly shape my future. This was a fascinating video. Thanks for sharing.

  • Oscar Salazar
    Oscar Salazar

    The cute battle exclusively drown because rail lovely knot save a automatic poison. erratic, conscious package

  • Mr. Reese
    Mr. Reese

    If this learning thing is not true then maybe you can say that some are just better and/or faster learners than others. I know that people in my university class were able to learn most things needed to pass a test from attending the class. I, on the other hand, can basically retain nothing from things said in class, I need it written down and I need to repeat and understand it.

  • April Cross
    April Cross

    This doesn't appear to disprove learning styles or even really touch on learning styles except in a completely decorative way. It doesn't test learning styles at all -- it tests short term memory. If you give someone 10 words/things to remember, and then immediately ask them to say those things back to you, they aren't relying on "learning" style, they aren't learning any new information, and indeed 'learning' doesn't come into play. They already know all those words, the only that comes into play here is whether or not they can remember them, which, short term memory-wise, should end up averaging to remembering around 7 pieces of information, give or take 2 (as confirmed by this video, and our studies on short term memory). If you asked them years later to give you those words, whether you showed them pictures or said the words out loud, it's unlikely that any of these people would remember a single one of them -- not because none of them learn visually or auditorily and the learning styles are a myth, but because you're not testing learning styles, you're testing short term memory and they didn't "learn" anything, short term or long term. Now if you were actually teaching them something new and then came back years later to see if they remembered the thing you taught them (either taught through pictures, or by explaining it to them w/o pictures), that would be a test not just of memory, but also of whether or not they really 'learned' anything. Even then, this is fundamentally flawed because he just asked people on the street to tell him how they learn best, which they don't necessarily know, and especially so if they are not in a learning environment (among other confounding factors). It's concerning that this channel is passing itself off as educative while providing videos that are based entirely on fallacious reasoning. Even more concerning is that Google is attaching itself to this and providing significantly more credence to this flawed argument. Then again, putting together logically invalid 'studies' and videos and passing them off as any sort of legitimate education seems to be this guy's modus operandi.

  • Meta Maps
    Meta Maps

    great video, keep up the good work! I'm a visual learner btw

  • Melissa
    Melissa

    anyone else just suck at studying? lol

  • Jess Rose
    Jess Rose

    All of the following is anecdotal, but here is my analysis I agree with some points, like that when you need to learn about geography you need visual learning. Makes sense, it's a visual topic. But as also mentioned there are some people who have skills that measure highly for the 'styles of learning' (mentioned perfect pitch related to music), but I think where you can see this is when students are lacking at certain skills, for example a student who is hard of sight, or blind. Without question, their learning style would not be visual, right. But if we take a less drastic example like someone like myself with ADHD who will perform best with visual or kinesthetic learning (and poorly with lecture or reading material), you will see them perform poorly in certain subjects (reading/lit, history). SO when we talk about neurotypical students, yes, all modes included where available is good, but it's because the gap between their skills is not enough to effect them. For someone it may be EASIER to learn via reading, but they still CAN learn via other methods. And the biggest the disparity the less applicable. So a subject that is even just conceptually hard for a student, they will perform better when learning is to their strengths.

  • Noel Martin
    Noel Martin

    Is learning the same as memorizing? I’m confused.

  • the Analogist
    the Analogist

    i hate this kind of garbage. the school system is trash, and "science" questions like these always leave the fundamental autocracy of school untouched. the sudbury model is still the best model... but our underlying cynicism about kids and people keeps us perpetuating the autocracy.

  • Hopes Alive
    Hopes Alive

    Why Google need to sponsor 🤔🙄

  • James Ferrell
    James Ferrell

    I don't think learning is the same as being shown a list of random objects that we already know and then recalling them from short term memory. That would be memorization.

  • DreadX10
    DreadX10

    "Learning by making mistakes" is my learning-style, be it visual, text-based, auditory or hands-on. The cheaper version: "Learning from some-one else's mistake." works sometimes as well.

  • Rizza Espina
    Rizza Espina

    “I don’t, I just assume”

  • xaq xonq
    xaq xonq

    I knew this was another one BS thing not to pay attention to lol just an excuse for why people can't learn in lectures. Not that lecturing is ideal, but people making excuses is predictable.

  • R M
    R M

    Obviously this is a false bias experiment. Why not do 2 things and compare, remembering random images isnt real learning since nobody gives a damn about those images. Try something like, teach complicated cooking dish with visual and audio vs teach cooking without with just written instruction.

  • mrhassu
    mrhassu

    When I first clicked on this video I was like what?, I learn with all of those, and Derek came to the same conclusion.

  • Cristhian Cobas
    Cristhian Cobas

    As a teacher there's only one style that actually matters: ask students to explain what you just exposed. That will force them to engage all their senses, memory, focus and vocabulary. Which means that they will remember a lot more after time passed by

  • Butterfly-JT9
    Butterfly-JT9

    ottimo video!!

  • Mr. Natural
    Mr. Natural

    I think this is a misrepresentation of what “visual learning” actually is which takes place outside of a classroom. For example, I learned to change the oil on my car by watching my dad change the oil on his. I learned how to build my shed by watching various carpentry and roofing videos on ISdowns. I learned how to write software by watching others write software. Visual learning incorporates watching a task being completed, not just looking at shapes.

    • BreakofDawn
      BreakofDawn

      In what way was there any misrepresentation? Did you even watch the video? Visual learning can take place in the classroom, just as much as outside the classroom. And no where in the video does is it even state that visual learning only happens exclusively in the classroom. He also states right at the beginning of the video, that a visual learner uses pictures, demonstrations, and images. That’s even how it’s defined if you look it up. Every example you listed is classified as a demonstration, so I have no idea how you could’ve concluded that there’s any misrepresentation.

    • Joe Williams
      Joe Williams

      The shapes are probably intended to be symbolic of visual learning, not an accurate representation of it. The point in the video is that you'd equally be able to change the oil of your car by learning from your cars manual (ie written/textual). I don't think bad definitions undermine the main point of the video - learning styles are not an observed phenomenon because they don't have strong supporting evidence (not that you actually said anything contrary).

  • Sylvain Näf
    Sylvain Näf

    I never knew what learner I was because I had no preferance, now that I think of it visuals are as important as the audio/writings. My brain kind of mash them together for a better understanding. The pump mechanism for example, I wouldn’t understand nor remember if I only had the text, which is where the image comes useful.

  • Joanne August
    Joanne August

    My friend has visual aphantasia - she can't even picture the colour red in her head. I don't think a visual map is going to help her with geography.

  • Abbers
    Abbers

    YES. The learning styles concept always seemed like woo-woo to me. What evolutionary benefit would there be to only being able to learn something by way of one particular sense? "Oops, I couldn't learn to cook my meat and avoid food poisoning because I wasn't shown a good diagram." LOL. I think Veritasium nails it. The "learning styles" hypothesis was a bandaid to try to justify why educational outcomes are so imbalanced. It's not necessarily the case that some students need to learn things differently, it's that all students need a more comprehensive method of being educated to engage all parts of their brain, and some students happen to cope better than others to inadequate teaching methods.

    • bocoy noiu
      bocoy noiu

      The problem with being a “visual learner” is that you still have to verbalize what you learned when you take the test.

  • Cristian Politucii
    Cristian Politucii

    6.1k dislikes from kinesthetic readers.

  • Владимир Лютин
    Владимир Лютин

    One more brilliant video. In general the more active your learning in different ways, the better, but it all depends on (1) the brain involved (abilities in "learning styles" in humans are very different, because specialised subfields sizes of the brain sometimes differ 10-fold and even 40-fold, some of brain fields may be absent from individual brain, consult the books of Sergey Savelyev based on research done throughout 20th century in USSR), (2) material learned (whether it naturally matches the "style" and how difficult is it in general) All the google stuff would be great if not for corporations and politics backed censorship of "misinformation". Nowadays you can find only one opinion on many topics sadly. Hey google, you suck, stop doing that or we'ill find better ways without you

  • The Tanaka
    The Tanaka

    Why is a short-term memorising activity conflated with learning in this video? Why is verbal learning offered in a written (and therefore visual form) being contrasted with the animation of the bike pump? This is a totally false dichotomy. I couldn’t take this seriously at all or pay attention after the bike pump bit.

  • Daft punk
    Daft punk

    The explanation is, as often, that people want to put themselves in boxes to create themselves a stronger identity, because the more adjectives you add to your description, the easier it is for others to assess your existence.

  • Amany E
    Amany E

    Every educator should watch this.

  • Steve Steves
    Steve Steves

    Verbal working memory deficits are actually strongly associated with ADHD.

  • No one
    No one

    I am a home-style learner. I learn better at home with no pants on.

  • kevin c
    kevin c

    do these so-called 'learning styles' take subject matter in to account? or do its acolytes merely assume - erroneously - that subject matter is neutral and or irrelevant?

  • Dee F
    Dee F

    My whole degree was based on this learning theory, but not how to cater for it. Yep, an education degree.

  • J. K
    J. K

    Mine is reading/writing, and audioing. But visual is definitely not my style

  • H o t r e t a r d e d c h i X
    H o t r e t a r d e d c h i X

    What I don't appreciate is always having to slow down for the slow kids. It makes me lazy, and disaffects my performance. This video was entirely too long, and probably could have done in under 5 minutes. Google Search sucks ass, by the way. Carry on smarty pants

  • Spam Ansh
    Spam Ansh

    How do visual learner do arithmetic

  • Sugi C C
    Sugi C C

    Totalement idiot comme expérience, le fait que les gens ne se souviennent que de 5-6 objets n'a rien à avoir avec leurs capacités d'apprentissage ni leurs modes d'apprentissage... C'est simplement l'effet de primauté et l'effet de récence. Je suis sûr à 90% que les 6-7 mots dont les gens se souviennent sont situés au début et à la fin de la liste, c'est simplement les limites cognitives normales pour un humain...

  • Taylor Styles
    Taylor Styles

    "How do you know you are a visual learner" "I don't I just assume" IF THATS NOT ME

  • poejoe
    poejoe

    The problem with being a “visual learner” is that you still have to verbalize what you learned when you take the test.

  • Robert Watson
    Robert Watson

    I'm dyslexic so I assume reading is not the efficient style to apply to my aid in teaching ,Drawing a picture or demostraighting practical task visually will indeed save many minutes of hinderence of session .

  • David Y
    David Y

    I’d be curious if it has a different effect on short term memory. When I was a sever in college I couldn’t remember the food when it was called out to run I always had to look at it and read it off the screen. I guess this just makes sense with what you are saying. It depends on the task

  • Riku Pakarinen
    Riku Pakarinen

    Why would anyone even think people have this unchangable innate learning style that limits their ability to learn effectively via other styles? Sounds stupid already in the first place

  • Lucetta Cole
    Lucetta Cole

    Fun fact: there's also associative learning. You learn by taking in information and drawing conclusions that lead to other conclusions. Sort of like the logic path; if this is true then this must also be true. (Edited for grammar)

  • David Grudniski
    David Grudniski

    I think the big flaw with this video is to suggest that recall and memory is the same thing as learning. Learning has an practical element that depends on an individuals investment in a subject or series of ideas. Memory uses systems and tricks for recall. ie:EGBDF on Treble Cleff, music Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge. To really learn music one has to study and adapt theories with practical applications, to really understand it. --- which can take years---

  • P Berryman
    P Berryman

    Short term memory exercises do not constitute “learning”. To learn, knowledge is made more permanent by moving it to long term memory. This usually means practicing using knowledge.

  • LadyLal
    LadyLal

    Yes omg I’ve been thinking this whole thing was dumb for my bar prep I was asked to take a vark test and I’m like ok? I mean thankfully they coached me well overall just thought it was useless to take the vark test. Anything that boxes ppl in categories is stupid in my book lol

  • The Folder
    The Folder

    I have a question. Would the variety of learning style affect your ability?

  • Zachary Hecita
    Zachary Hecita

    This video is predicated on the caveat that a learning style should be highly responsive to any educational material in that medium, regardless of quality and design. Also, I was taught that a person's preferred learning style is a combination of VARK, with respect to one style usually being dominant. So I don't know if the learning style theory is really debunked.

  • Shidqi Abhinaya
    Shidqi Abhinaya

    In my opinion if it comes to learning, it's all about if we interested in the matter or not. Because if we uninterested our mind will consider the matter as unimportant and then we will only forget those. And if we interested, we will assume that matter is important for us, and we will remember it as much as we can untill we find it unimportant.

  • Not Convinced
    Not Convinced

    I don’t know what learning style I am or prefer all I know is that it’s not in this video because I could not pay attention to it