Solitary Style of Learning

Solitary (intrapersonal) 

How do you know if you are a solitary learner?

  • When it is time to focus on a learning task, you prefer to be alone.
  • Do you find that you can think best when you are not distracted by others?
  • Have you ever found yourself retreating to a quiet place when it is time to study?
  •  Do you consider yourself to be introspective – aware of your own thoughts and feelings?
  • Contrary to popular beliefs, people with a solitary learning style are not necessarily "loners." In fact they may really enjoy being around others and have many friends. But when it comes time to mentally focus on a task such as studying for a test, people with a solitary learning style feel more natural and can be more productive when alone.

Implications for learning

  • Recognize that there are no "right" or "wrong" learning styles.
    • Often people with a solitary learning style may feel criticized by individuals with "social" learning styles.
    • However, a wise person knows their own preferences and is confident in defending their choices.
    • Express to your friends that it just feels more natural for you to study alone, and you appreciate their understanding of that.
  • Plan time to be alone as a part of your educational activities.
  • You may also need to plan for a space which is free from distractions.
  • Being able to focus more may be cancelled by the disadvantage of the lack of accountability.
    • Even if you are a solitary learner, it is good to share your progress with another person so that they can help to keep you motivated.
    • While your "study partner" may not be physically there with you as you study, they can check in on you to make sure that you are staying on task.
    • Consider signing up for a student coaching.
  • If, while studying, you find that you do not understand something, don't spend too much time trying to "figure it out for yourself."
    • Don't hesitate to call someone else such as a classmate or the instructor.
    • This may prevent you from wasting considerable time.
  • Resist the temptation to use your alone time which should be used for studying for other pleasures such as napping, electronic games, or non-education related reading.
  • Keeping a journal of the amount of time that you spend actually studying may be a beneficial exercise.
  • Take advantage of the fact that you are alone. This may allow you to talk out loud to yourself as you are studying.
  • You may also find it useful to even role play situations by yourself.
  • You can also use the private time to strengthen your aural learning styles by putting course content to music and singing the songs to yourself to help you remember the information.