The social learning style is a bit of a mixed bag, taking traits from auditory, verbal, and visual learning styles. The social learning style is also known as the interpersonal learning style. Social learners tend to respond well in group discussions or in situations where they can discuss their learnings with other people. They communicate well, verbally and non-verbally, and thrive in classroom environments, social activities and one-on-one discussions.
The Characteristics of a Social Learner
Because a social learner carries the characteristics of many styles of learning, you’ll find that you can incorporate elements from most styles into your course. Here are the main characteristics of a social learner:
- Happy to work in large groups
- Work well with collaborative activities
- Struggle working alone
- Ask questions
- Can interpret tone, gestures and facial expressions
- Natural leaders
Teaching Social Learners
Social learners may be one of the easiest learners to teach to as you can utilise elements of all learning styles. There are however some better ways to teach to them, including:
- Run discussion boards and online study groups
- Role playing the knowledge and skills you are teaching
- Run live classes
- Utilise mind maps and drawings
- Allow time for students to share their thoughts and what they have learnt
How to Help:
Social learners really benefit from being able to share information with others, and learn from others. Running discussion boards and setting up online study groups benefit social workers.
As a course creator, it is important to understand the learning styles and how your students will learn best from you. Ensuring you have plenty of options to share and discuss the course content benefits social learners.