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The Analytical Learner



The motivations, strengths and potential pitfalls of an Analytical Learner are quite different from those of a Relational Learner, and a language learning program needs to take those differences into account. Whether you are organizing a program for other people or for yourself, this module can help you better understand how an Analytical Learner learns best.


Here are some things usually important to an Analytical Learner:

  • Opportunities to work independently
  • Opportunities to integrate data into theoretical models
  • Opportunities to solve problems
  • Opportunities for intellectual freedom

Here are some strengths typical of the Analytical Learner:

  • Good analytical ability
  • Intuition, allowing the grasp of overall systems
  • Critical thinking which can help to solve problems
  • Good self-evaluation
Potential pitfalls

Here are some potential pitfalls of the Analytical Learner:

  • May be unable to meet high personal standards and become discouraged
  • May spend too much time at the desk or computer and not relate to people
  • May be unwilling to speak because of fear of making mistakes or dislike of making mistakes
  • May be less interested in the culture than in the structure of the language
Preferred learning environments

Here are some learning environments the Analytical Learner will probably enjoy:

  • Independent and self-paced work
  • Intellectual stimulation involving problem-solving, reading and research
  • A classroom where the teacher's intellectual ability and command of the subject matter is perceived as superior and worthy of respect
Difficult learning environments

Here are some learning environments the Analytical Learner will probably find difficult:

  • Traditional classroom situations that call for doing things in a rote or mechanical way
  • Classes that call for a lot of unrehearsed activities
  • Unstructured and disorganized environments
Language learning approach

To receive a description of an approach to language learning recommended for this type of learner, see: The Analytical approach to language learning.

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