I was introduced to the MEMLETICS model on the Certificate in Training Practice course, back in 2009. The model proposes Seven Learning Styles, which are;
- Visual (aka spatial): pictures, images
- Aural (aka auditory): sound, music
- Verbal (aka linguistic): words, speech, writing.
- Physical (aka kinaesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical (aka mathematical, process): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
I haven’t been able to establish the full background to MEMLETICS (the theorist in me needs it!) but as you can see from the Styles, the model shares common features with other models we have looked at in this blog series. Most notably, there are overlaps with Visual Auditory Kinaesthetic (VAK) and Multiple Intelligences.
There is a distinctive and significant element to the MEMLETICS model too, as it distinguishes social / group learning from solitary learning, or learning alone. Evidence tends to suggest social learning is more effective, in that it exposes us to other views, perspectives and applications, and yet this doesn’t always apply.
Perhaps we are personally driven and don’t want to wait until the right course comes up, or our learning needs are quite specific (or even specialised) and there just isn’t a suitable course available.
Or maybe we feel that we learn best when we are left to get on with it. We may even find that we get impatient at the pace (or other distractions) we associate with social / group learning.
And going back to Honey and Mumford’s “Activist, Reflector, Theorist and Pragmatist” learning styles for just a mo; I would venture that the Reflectors would tend to most value social learning, while the Theorists (who are often self-directing researchers) would most often lean towards solitary learning?
The MEMLETICS website has a lot of information supporting the model, including practical ideas on how to cater to the different styles, and a freely accessible self-assessment questionnaire too, details below…
For a description of the MEMLETICS model, go to:
MEMLETICS Test Questionnaire is available at: