Logical/Mathematical Learning Style: Characteristics & Strategies

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  • 0:05 Learning Through Math & Logic
  • 0:51 What Makes a Logical Learner?
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Instructor: Christine Serva

Christine is an instructional designer, educator, and writer with a particular interest in the social sciences and American studies.

Logical/mathematical learners tend to be great problem solvers. What else is right up their alley? This lesson gives you a brief look at their strengths and how you can support this style in your classroom.

Learning Through Math & Logic

Can you spot the pattern in these letters and numbers?

A, 1, C, 2, F, 3, J, 4, O, 5, U

Here's the answer: When you go from A to C, you skip 1 letter: B. When you go from C to F, you skip 2 letters. When you go from F to J, you skip 3 letters, and so on.

Does this pattern make your head hurt? Or do you find it interesting or even easy? Those who lean towards finding this logic easy to spot are usually logical/mathematical learners. This lesson summarizes the characteristics of those with this learning style and will provide you with ideas for how to teach logical/mathematical learners.

What Makes a Logical Learner?

Logical/mathematical learners may include those we consider to be math whizzes, but the style is much more than that. This learning style tends to have insight into systems. In other words, a logical learner is better skilled than other types in looking at a series of parts and seeing how they are interconnected. This makes them particularly good at puzzles and strategy games, such as chess.

Most learners in this category will value factual information to back up claims. Statistics and data are often important to logical/mathematical learners. Rather than relying on gut instinct, a logical learner will want to know how you came to a particular conclusion, what led you down a certain path to your belief, if it is valid, and what facts can confirm your ideas.

Supporting a Logical Learning Style

A person with this learning style will naturally seek out answers to complex questions and problems, seeing connections where others may see confusion. If possible, provide students with opportunities to make use of this skill during activities.

Let's go through a list of classroom activities that can support these types of learners.

1. Ask students to simulate a scenario in which they try to address an issue from multiple perspectives.

For example, if you are teaching about the challenges of climate change, ask students to consider this from different points of view (business owners, consumers, government officials, other nations, etc.) and to propose solutions that tackle these many angles of a system.

2. Create a mystery to solve with clues that require logical thinking or math.

For example, create a scenario that asks the question, 'Who stole the chocolate chip cookies?' Then have grade-level appropriate clues like, 'Of the five suspected cookie-stealers, 20% have a chocolate allergy and wouldn't likely steal the cookies.'

3. Present a scenario that requires a strategic solution, then incorporate new obstacles along the way to keep it challenging.

For example, if you were teaching an architecture class, you could plan to add in a new requirement from the student's 'client' near the end of the process, requiring the student to incorporate the new information into the final solution.

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