Learning styles are a myth

The theory of learning styles states that people have distinct learning styles (visual, written, auditory) and says that people learn better/best, when they receive instructions that match that learning style.

Book - Make it stick.. the science of successful learningBook - Make it stick.. the science of successful learning


author: Peter C. Brown
title: Make it stick: the science of successful learning

argues that while people have preferences for certain ways of learning, they do not learn better when the instruction matches these preferences. They present a 2008 meta study, which showed no evidence for the theory of learning styles. However, the review showed that instead of the learners preferences, the instruction should match the nature of the subject, which leads to all learners learning better, regardless of preference.

Pashler, Harold & Mcdaniel, Mark & Rohrer, Doug & Bjork, Robert. (2008). Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. 9. 105-119. 10.1111/j.1539-6053.2009.01038.x. 

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