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Learning Styles

By Ashraf Al Shafaki


Some students cannot absorb information well nor comprehend structure and relationships between elements of a lesson during class. Yet when they get out of class and study on their own by reading from the textbook they tend to master the subject being studied.

Therefore it is unwise to try and judge such type of students during class by asking them about something you have just explained. Try instead to wait till the following classes, ask such students if they have studied, then ask them whatever you wish if they have studied the material of the previous classes. You will most probably find them performing superbly after they have studied.


In contrast to the first type of students who learn best only after studying on their own from their notes and/or from the textbook, another type of students learn best during class. They are so attentive to the teacher and are able to absorb what is being taught instantly. Such type of students usually get bored easily by studying on their own from textbooks. They might perform very well during class on something you have just taught, yet they might perform less efficiently on that same subject during the following classes having forgotten what was said before.


A memorizer is a type of student who can memorize a large amount of information. The student usually performs best after given time to study. This type of student usually is not good at discovering relationships between different elements and has low creativity.


A systematizer is a student who remembers fewer elements yet is good at discovering relationships between those elements. This type of student is good at building mental structures or systems of the knowledge gained which enable him or her to access the information easily by producing it dynamically using a small set of memorized information and a few rules or a mental structure that he or she has created. A systematizer has a high degree of creativity.