Forget the one-size-fits-all approach to learning — people learn best in different ways. Some like hands-on experiences, while others need quiet study time. Collaboration might be essential for some learners, while others thrive solo. Understanding your learning style unlocks a personal learning advantage that empowers you to create the ideal environment for mastering new skills. But it’s not just knowing our learning styles that matters. Recognizing colleagues’ learning styles can foster a collaborative culture where everyone feels supported in their learning journey.

Udemy surveyed over 12,000 learners to uncover what makes them unique — including their preferences and motivations —  and identified five common learner profiles. In this article, we look at the Social Learner, someone who learns to succeed and thrives in interactive instruction with peers.

The Social Learner’s approach to learning

According to our survey findings, Social Learners are driven by a desire for success. Their passion for their work fuels their motivation to learn. They see learning as a path to recognition, career advancement, and higher earning potential. Social Learners are more likely to devote their learning time to mastering specific skills and becoming experts in those topics.

How Social Learners like to learn

Social Learners crave structured learning environments led by experts who can guide them through their learning. They prefer the dynamic that comes from an in-person interactive group learning experience. The knowledge of their peers helps drive the Social Learner’s motivation. To them, learning offers a direct line to career success, and they want to ensure that learning a new skill is done in proximity to when they’ll need to apply that knowledge. 

How to help Social Learners thrive

Social Learners are a valuable asset on a team since they recognize the value of learning. If you’re a Social Learner, talk with your manager about how to incorporate some of the following learning design principles into your workplace experience to make the most of your learning time. 

You can unlock your full potential by understanding your learning style and seeking opportunities that cater to it.  Have you ever wondered how your colleagues learn best? Knowing each other’s learning preferences can lead to a more collaborative and growth-oriented work environment.

Curious about other learning styles? Explore more on the Devoted, Confident, Emerging, and Practical Learners. 

Learning styles shape learning outcomes

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