Recognizing one’s own learning style can supercharge our learning by allowing us to prioritize the environments, times, and circumstances that help us learn best. In-person group learning may be best for one learner, while another might see it as an unnecessary distraction in reaching their goals. Understanding your own learning profiles and those of your colleagues, and managers is a game-changer in the workplace. By welcoming different learning styles rather than fitting all people into one learning approach, workers are empowered and more engaged in their professional development.

Udemy surveyed over 12,000 people worldwide on their learning preferences and motivations. Through this research, we identified five common learner profiles, each with a unique relationship to learning. In this article, we look at the Practical Learner, someone who likes a well-marked learning plan.

The Practical Learner’s approach to learning

Practical Learners are often not as motivated by professional success as their peers. To them,  learning is a serious endeavor undertaken to achieve specific learning outcomes. They’re not driven by competition with other learners, which may actually negatively affect their engagement with learning. They don’t want learning to be an uncomfortable or difficult experience, especially when juxtaposed with their everyday work load. 

How Practical Learners like to learn

Clearly defined learning goals and a sense of control over their learning journeys are essential for Practical Learners. They excel in structured learning programs that provide regular feedback as they learn. A Practical Learner tends to learn best alone when they can control the pace and timing of their study. They also prefer to learn by doing, getting the most from hands-on experiences that allow them to put new skills into practice. 

How to help Practical Learners thrive

For Practical Learners to find engagement and success with development at work, there are a few learning design principles that may help to motivate them. If this profile resonates with you, take time to discuss the following learning design principles with your manager; they’re crafted to help Practical Learners thrive.

For Practical Learners, embracing their learning style means going at their own pace on structured pathways that allow them to get practical experience in a topic as they learn it. By recognizing a learner’s unique approach to learning, learners and their managers can create learning environments that allow their strengths to shine. Curious about other learning styles? Explore more on the Devoted, Social, Confident, and Emerging Learners. 

Learning styles shape learning outcomes

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