So What is Your Learning Style?
This article will help you distinguish your preferred learning style and offers you a range of study tips and advice to help you get the most out of learning. The first step is to complete this simple questionnaire. Try and do this before reading the explanations that follow, and answer the questions honestly. Remember, there is no right or wrong answer, this is designed to help you reach your full learning potential. See the Complete Guide to Learning Styles
Read the following questions and put a circle around the most appropriate answer.
1. When you aren’t sure how to spell a word, which of these are you more likely to do?
a) Write it down to see what if it looks right
b) Sound it out
c) Write it down to see if it feels right
2. When I go shopping for clothes, I tend to:
a) Imagine what they would look like on
b) Discuss them with the shop staff
c) Try them on and test them out
3. Which of the following are you most likely to do whilst standing in a long line at the movies?
a) Look at the listers advertising other movies
b) Talk to the person next to you
c) Tap your feet or move around in some other way
4. When learning a new school, do you prefer:
a) To watch someone else show you how to do it
b) To have someone explain to you how to do it
c) To just get in with figuring it out
5. When you concentrate, which of the following do you do?
a) Focus on the words or the pictures in front of you
b) Discuss the problem and possible solutions in your head
c) Move around a lot and fiddle with your pens and pencils
6. Which of the following do you find the easiest to remember?
c) Things you have done
7. On a long car journey, do you:
a) Look at the scenery or read a book
b) Listen to music or talk to the other passengers
c) Look forward to stopping so you can walk around
8. When you have to revise for an exam, which of the following do you do the most:
a) Write lots of revision notes and diagrams
b) Talk over your notes, either alone or with others
c) Imagine making the movement or creating the formula
9. Would you rather go to:
a) An art class
b) A music class
c) An exercise class
10. You have just entered a science museum. What will you do first?
a) Look around to find a map showing the locations of the various exhibits
b) Talk to a museum guide and ask about the exhibits
c) Go to the first exhibit that looks interesting
11. If you get in trouble in class, it’s usually for:
a) Drawing on your books or the desk
12. Which of the following would be your preferred job?
a) A designer
b) A radio DJ
c) A mechanic
13. How would you approach building a Lego model?
a) Follow the diagram or picture on the box
b) Ask someone to explain the building process
c) Try to work out which bits fit best together
14. When you tell a story, would you rather:
a) Write it
b) Tell it aloud
c) Act it out
15. When you need directions, do you usually:
a) Look at a map
b) Ask for spoken directions
c) Follow your nose and use a compass if you need to
16. To learn how a computer works, would you rather:
a) Watch a movie about it
b) Listen to someone explain it
c) Take the computer apart and figure it out yourself
17. If you are teaching someone something new, you tend to:
a) Write instructions down for them
b) Give them a verbal explanation
c) Demonstrate first and then let them have a go
18. When you are choosing food from a menu, you will most likely:
a) Imagine what the food will look like
b) Talk through the options in my head or with the other people at the table
c) Imagine what the food will taste like
19. You first notice how people:
a) Look and dress
b) Sound and speak
c) Stand and move
20. If you are feeling anxious, which of the following best describes what you do?
a) Visualize the worst-case scenario
b) Discuss the problem and possible solutions in your head
c) Fiddle constantly because you can’t sit still
21. When you are learning a new skill, you feel the most comfortable:
a) Watching what the teacher is doing
b) Talking with the teacher about what exactly I’m supposed to do
c) Giving it a try yourself and working it out as you go
22. You remember things best by:
a) Writing notes or keeping printed details
b) Saying them aloud or repeating key points in your head
c) Doing or practicing the activity or imagine it being done
23. When you go and see a band, you find yourself:
a) Watching the band members and other people in the audience
b) Listening to the lyrics and beats
c) Moving in time with the music
24. If you went to a party, what would you most likely remember the next day?
a) The faces of people, but not their names
b) The names but not the faces
c) The things you did and said while you were there
25. You would prefer to:
a) Watch your favorite television program|
b) Listen to your favorite music
c) Go outside and play or exercise
Add up how many A’s, B’s and C’s you selected:
If you chose mostly A’s you have a VISUAL learning style.
If you chose mostly B’s you have an AUDITORY learning style.
If you chose mostly C’s you have a KINESTHETIC learning style.
Your results may indicate a strong preference for one particular learning style, or a blend of two, sometimes three, styles. Using a combination of all learning styles is known as a multi-modal learner. This can mean that you may need to learn content in a variety of ways, or that you use different techniques depending on what you are learning.
There is no right or wrong learning style, and you may find that whilst you favor one in particular, you use a combination of all three learning styles. Your preferred learning style may also change over time so it is important to develop a useful set of skills to help make your learning easier.
May 19th, 2017
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