Learning styles

Types of learning

In many traditional, conservative learning environments, the most common way to study is to gather groups of students in a room with a teacher or lecturer speaking about a particular subject.

There are, however, alternative ways to study that have proven to be extremely beneficial.

Types of learning – Distance learning

Distance learning is one way of studying without having to physically attend a classroom or institution. Traditionally, this has been carried out by post, with the student being sent the material to read and learn.

Most distance learning courses require the student to attend a specific physical location to ensure that tests are conducted fairly and that the correct person is supplying the answers.

One of the main benefits of distance learning is that study periods are more flexible, meaning that students can meet other commitments yet still complete distance learning courses. Candidates suited for this type of study are full time workers or people with family commitments.

Types of learning – Online learning

Although similar in many ways to distance learning, online learning requires access to a computer and is conducted through the internet. Online learning allows both the teacher and the student to make use of modern technology to use a variety of media, making the lessons engaging and interesting for the student.

Online learning also has the significant advantage of immediate marking for tests with a limited selection of answers. It is also useful in that a record of learning can be made available without risk of getting lost as it is stored in a central database.