Learning styles differ

Some people can listen to instructions on Vent and get it, others are kinesthetic and the fight won’t click in their heads until they’ve been in it. Thanks to youtube, visual learners can watch a boss fight before they have to try it themselves. I love diagrams but sadly they’re not so commonly used in strategy guides nowadays.

Raid leaders should remain aware of the way people learn differently, and bear it in mind when you judge their performance after the first pull. Possibly, some couldn’t really grasp what you said on Vent until they smashed their face against the boss.

Vent’s one-way sound makes it hard to hear an important interjection, and led to the importance of raiders knowing when and when not to talk. I expect a guild who were all sitting in the same room would benefit from being able to hear both their raid leader and the others they were sitting next to, and I bet a PvP arena team would boost enormously from that.

Here’s anĀ article on raid leadership, learning styles and how to give instructions.

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4 comments to Learning styles differ

  • Thanks for the kind words and encouragement, Gravity! I definitely think we share a similar mindset, now that I’ve had a chance to read your “About me” and some of your articles. In particular, I enjoyed your “Burnout is inevitable” post. I suppose my guild is what you describe as a “Hardcore Casual” in that post, but I enjoyed it because you articulated some things I was partially aware of when the guild was formed, and which led to its forming.

    I’m also going to try out EnsidiaFails. I didn’t even know it existed, thanks!

    I’ll be back for more. :)

  • Gravity
    Twitter: gravitydk

    Cool! Thanks for that feedback. One of the areas of Nick Yee’s research that I’d like to pursue more is around the qualitative analysis of leadership in guilds, which I think you and I are looking at in our different ways. (Like your article here raises questions for me, do progression guilds do this better than others?)

  • How very true this is. I like to prepare for encounters by reading wowwiki and sometimes viewing videos but I find a lot of them more confusing than helpful (especially when big-heads make them and imply your an idiot if you dont get it).

    However it never truely clicks for me untill I see the encounter and often suffer a wipe to learn it. A prime example for me is the first time i saw Hodir. I didnt understand the idea behind the big runes (where you wait near and move in after the ice falls). First time around i got frozen and died, then it clicked next time to watch specifically for the icicle to fall. Im too busy watching the healing meters a lot of the time to notice things on screen but co-incidently no one seems to take damage during that part of the encounter so i can look away.

    I have known raid leaders in the past who could benefit from reading this blog post, because their approach of yelling at you like your a moron is rather flawed. However in defense of some raid leaders, I have encountered in my brief experiences as leader that alot of people will not speak up for themselves. Ill explain a fight, ask if everyones ok with it, they say ‘yeh’, but a wipe occurs because someone didnt get it. Id rather spend a couple extra mins explaining something again in detail than half hour wiping tbh.

  • Gravity
    Twitter: gravitydk

    Thinking more about this, I did some research on tools which might help visual learners. Found a mod called BossTactics which is an in-game strategy tool and whiteboard; so you can visually see positioning. Quite good really. Currently there’s a slight awkwardness in the guide because it was written by someone for whom English is not native tongue (maybe Germans, not sure). Otherwise, might be handy for people.

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