This time around we are looking at the solitary learning style, that is learners who are self-motivated, enjoy working independently, and learn best when working alone. These types of learners spend a lot of time in self-reflection and enjoy working on themselves.

The Characteristics of a Solitary Learner

Solitary learners prefer plans and goals, so having a clear structure to your course, as well as having goals that they will meet after the module is a great way to tap into your solitary learner. Here are some more characteristics of this learning style: 

  • Keep journals, diaries and notes
  • Prefer working alone
  • Planner and goal-setter
  • They don’t open up easily
  • Excellent self-management skills
  • Highly independent learner
  • Find it difficult to ask for help

Teaching Solitary Learners

  • Encourage your students to keep a diary or journal and to note down pain points 
  • Ensure there is a wide assortment of learning resources to utilise – videos, audio, reading
  • Encourage students to reach out when they need assistance giving a variety of means to do so – email, phone, social media etc
  • Offer printable worksheets so that your students can work in a comfortable environment 

How to Help:

Your solitary learners may find it difficult to ask for help if they are struggling, so make sure you schedule regular one on one catch-ups if possible, or include a phone call with your students at certain points in the course. 

As a course creator, it is important to understand the learning styles and how your students will learn best from you. Solitary learners can be a little difficult to teach, particularly if you are a verbal or social learner, but being able to teach to this learning style will give you some great additional skills. 

What is Your Learning Style?