On learning styles: 


the book Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Brown, Roediger and McDaniel cite research studies that debunk the learning styles approach. See p. 145-146 in particular: "...it is more important that the mode of instruction match the nature ofthe subject being taught: visual instruction for geography and geometry, verbal instruction for poetry, and so on. When instructional style matches the nature of the content, all learners learn better, regardless of their differing preferences for how the material is taught." 


here's a TED talk, too, that I use in tutor training:

https://youtu.be/855Now8h5Rs


Hope this helps!


Dr. Chere L. Peguesse
Associate Professor of English
Director, Academic Support Center 
(229-333-7571)
Langdale Residence Hall
Valdosta State University
1500 N. Patterson Street
Valdosta, GA 31698

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Date:    Tue, 6 Nov 2018 16:17:36 +0000
From:    "Kassel, Michael" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Learning Styles in Tutoring

From everything I understand, there are concerns in Learning styles assessment.  It seems that the brain scientists who study and map how we learn tend to believe we are all visual learners, given there is no visual impairment.  Itís argued that it is the sense that tops all others.  And, again given no visual impairment, vision operates in a lot of the ďlearning stylesĒ modes.  For example, a kinesthetic learning may learn from tactile experience, but sight is also involved in that.  One who learns best from reading as opposed to auditory is also bringing vision into the process.  I think the most problematic thing about learning styles is that you have students who walk away thinking they can only learn one way, or that they learn best one way as opposed to the others.

I hope someone can add to the actual studies that have argued this.  I am also totally open to learning about how I may be misinformed on the topic. Great question!


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Hi Everyone,

When I became the peer tutoring supervisor, learning styles assessments were part of the intake process for new peer tutoring students. I have continued doing this, and some students say they find it helpful, and tutors also believe it is beneficial. However, I am wondering if there is any research out there on this topic.

I have searched some academic databases, but surprisingly have not found anything on learning styles as it relates to its use in tutoring. So, if any of you have some sources you could direct me to, Iíd appreciate it!

Kelly Askey lodes  |  Peer/Group Tutoring & Study Skills Development Supervisor

Academic Support Center at Florissant Valley
3400 Pershall Rd.| St. Louis, MO 63135  |voice 314.513.4073 | email [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
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Hi Ira!

Iíd love to chat more about my experience. We got WCOnline this year and our Writing Center uses it as well. Iím currently using it for appointments, drop-in sessions, and workshops. I donít, however, think Iím using the software the best way and am learning as I go. Iíd love to hear from anyone who has created internal how-toís or has any insight. Thanks!

~Justine

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Justine Chasmar, Ph.D.

Director, Quantitative Reasoning Center
Assistant Professor
Center for Data, Mathematical, and Computational Sciences
Goucher College
Julia Rogers 143
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204
Office: 410-337-6302

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Hi, All.

We offer small group tutoring, by appointment. We are looking at how WCOnline could work, with this option. We are also looking at their card reader to log tutors in and out (and potentially students).

If anybody has information and tips, I would be very interested in hearing them.

Best

Ira

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Date:    Tue, 6 Nov 2018 16:57:04 +0000
From:    Saundra Y McGuire <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Learning Styles in Tutoring

Kelly is right on target.  I address this in our book, Teach Students How to Learn.  Iím speaking at WPI in 5 minutes so Iíll send a more comprehensive response later.  In the meantime read the article at this link https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www4.ncsu.edu_unity_lockers_users_f_felder_public_Papers_LS-5FValidity-28On-2DCourse-29.pdf&d=DwIGaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=yBiE514ByeBuT9iMcmLL81H9l3w_eWJJCNWWYb5qET4&m=OvPFjqS9oQN1A947GWipuhSW6GqoWAFnDOyXo4ANXXw&s=wUofF7VHPB1rxFUdkgEns-dQ9hYoK-iJr2sbU8rYSn0&e=  and keep doing those learning styles assessments.  Just call them learning style preferences.



More tonight,

Saundra



Saundra McGuire, Ph.D.

New Online Course on Teach Students How to Learn (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__optimizelearning.org_workshops_teach-2Dstudents-2Dhow-2Dto-2Dlearn&d=DwIGaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=yBiE514ByeBuT9iMcmLL81H9l3w_eWJJCNWWYb5qET4&m=OvPFjqS9oQN1A947GWipuhSW6GqoWAFnDOyXo4ANXXw&s=7JZ-m_JIe_GF66ih6AxwCSwpG1wnL2vV6WpRRE0YhFg&e=)

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Louisiana State University



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Hi, Kelly.



Iíve moved away from the Learning Styles inventory and sometimes show students and tutors part of this Ted Talk that argues that the research on it is problematic: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_855Now8h5Rs&d=DwIGaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=yBiE514ByeBuT9iMcmLL81H9l3w_eWJJCNWWYb5qET4&m=OvPFjqS9oQN1A947GWipuhSW6GqoWAFnDOyXo4ANXXw&s=pTR9NVdlNZniSjPTbeoHFHJMyKhsd3uFQQ7DmIau7xs&e=<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__youtu.be_855Now8h5Rs&d=DwMGaQ&c=pZJPUDQ3SB9JplYbifm4nt2lEVG5pWx2KikqINpWlZM&r=yBiE514ByeBuT9iMcmLL81H9l3w_eWJJCNWWYb5qET4&m=13oPI5ip06DulsCarmneCnz3CvZ1_3rzxHtMYAADAV4&s=NAzqPSPlpsGlx-l1HPkCetR1abVrGKdCDB3Wdcyp5s8&e=>. Instead, I use Bloomís Taxonomy to discuss learning strategies.



Nonetheless, I encourage students to be metacognitive about their learning strategies and use what works best for them. So many students are familiar with learning styles, and the strategies are still helpful as long as students and tutors are careful not to pigeonhole themselves into certain categories.



-Rose Ann





Rose Ann Osmanian

Language Success Center: English, Reading, & Writing

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Hi Everyone,



When I became the peer tutoring supervisor, learning styles assessments were part of the intake process for new peer tutoring students. I have continued doing this, and some students say they find it helpful, and tutors also believe it is beneficial. However, I am wondering if there is any research out there on this topic.



I have searched some academic databases, but surprisingly have not found anything on learning styles as it relates to its use in tutoring. So, if any of you have some sources you could direct me to, Iíd appreciate it!



Kelly Askey lodes  |  Peer/Group Tutoring & Study Skills Development Supervisor



Academic Support Center at Florissant Valley

3400 Pershall Rd.| St. Louis, MO 63135  |voice 314.513.4073 | email [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

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Hi Ira!



Iíd love to chat more about my experience. We got WCOnline this year and our Writing Center uses it as well. Iím currently using it for appointments, drop-in sessions, and workshops. I donít, however, think Iím using the software the best way and am learning as I go. Iíd love to hear from anyone who has created internal how-toís or has any insight. Thanks!



~Justine



----------------------------------------------------

Justine Chasmar, Ph.D.



Director, Quantitative Reasoning Center

Assistant Professor

Center for Data, Mathematical, and Computational Sciences

Goucher College

Julia Rogers 143

1021 Dulaney Valley Road

Baltimore, MD 21204

Office: 410-337-6302



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Subject: Does anybody use WCOnline for group tutoring? Does anybody use their card reader?



Hi, All.



We offer small group tutoring, by appointment. We are looking at how WCOnline could work, with this option. We are also looking at their card reader to log tutors in and out (and potentially students).



If anybody has information and tips, I would be very interested in hearing them.



Best



Ira



--

Ira Fabri

Pronouns: She, Her, Hers

Assistant Director of Tutoring

Learning Resources Center (LRC)

Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA)

UMBC

Sherman Hall East, 342

1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore, MD 21250



410-455-3905

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