Many learning styles exist, but the three that I will cover in this paper are verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, and interpersonal. Verbal-linguistic learners are good at analyzing data whether it is read, heard, seen, or spoken. A person with this type of learning style would be suited best to gather material and initiate a group discussion. They will be best at analyzing all the data and distributing it in a way that works best for everyone. This type of person will be very good with words and word meaning. He or she will be able to explain it to someone in terms that they would better understand. Logical-mathematical learning style is an individual who is usually good in math and science. A person with this learning style can analyze the information in a deeper manner, thus making the group more apt to solve complex problems. If your group has a question that involves critical or creative thinking, the logical-mathematical person would most likely be the one who figures it out. An individual with an interpersonal learning style will have an open mind and can see things through others’ eyes. These individuals are usually very personable and can create and maintain personal relationships with many different types of people. In a group setting, they would be able to listen and help relay information to others in a way that each individual would understand. Personality Types Communication and Collaboration
Every personality type has its’ own advantages and disadvantages. I will cover three that I believe mesh well together and can make for a very productive group. In my opinion, thinkers, organizers, and givers would be very efficient together in a group setting. Much like mathematical-logical learning style, thinkers are very good at problem-solving and critical thinking. Thinkers are usually very punctual and try not to be repetitive. Organizers will keep everything moving along and has tasks defined in a way that everyone will understand. Organizers will write everything down and make a schedule for everyone in the group to follow. They will pay close attention to detail. Givers are usually very dedicated and will do anything to succeed. You can count on givers to be honest and take responsibility for their actions. They will go the extra mile to teach the material to others, so that everyone understands the subject. They are usually not selfish and maintain many close relationships.
In a group, it is important to incorporate different learning styles and personality types. In doing that, your group is diverse and can see all sides of a subject. Your group will have better success as a result. There may be times that people with different learning styles and personality types disagree. In the end, if you have an understanding of the members in your group, you will be able to develop a good communication and collaboration strategy that will benefit everyone in the group.