Learning Styles Assessment

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01: I understand something better after I

try it out
think it through

02: I would rather be considered


03: When I think about what I did yesterday, I am most likely to get

a picture

04: I tend to

understand details of a subject but may be fuzzy about its overall structure
understand the overall structure but may be fuzzy about details

05: When I am learning something new, it helps me to

talk about it
think about it

06: If I were a teacher, I would rather teach a course

that deals with facts and real life situations
that deals with ideas and theories

07: I prefer to get new information in

pictures, diagrams, graphs, or maps
written directions or verbal information

08: Once I understand

all the parts, I understand the whole thing
the whole thing, I see how the parts fit

09: In a study group working on difficult material, I am more likely to

jump in and contribute ideas
sit back and listen

10: I find it easier

to learn facts
to learn concepts

11: In a book with lots of pictures and charts, I am likely to

look over the pictures and charts carefully
focus on written text

12: When I solve math problems

I usually work my way to the solutions one step at a time
I often just see the solutions but then have to struggle to figure out the steps to get to them

13: In classes I have taken,

I have usually gotten to know many of the students
I have rarely gotten to know many of the students

14: In reading nonfiction, I prefer

something that teaches me new facts or tells me how to do something
something that gives me new ideas to think about

15: I like teachers

who put a lot of diagrams on the board
who spend a lot of time explaining

16: When I'm analyzing a story or a novel,

I think of the incidents and try to put them together to figure out the themes
I just know what the themes are when I finish reading and then I have to go back and find the incidents that demonstrate them

17: When I start a homework problem, I am more likely to

start working on the solution immediately
try to fully understand the problem first

18: I prefer the idea of


19: I remember best

what I see
what I hear

20: It is more important to me that an instructor

lay out the material in clear sequential steps
give me an overall picture and relate the material to other subjects

21: I prefer to study

in a study group

22: I am more likely to be considered

careful about the details of my work
creative about how to do my work

23: When I get directions to a new place, I prefer

a map
written instructions

24: I learn

at a fairly regular pace; If I study hard, I'll "get it."
in fits and starts. I'll be totally confused and then suddenly it all "clicks."

25: I would rather first

try things out
think about how I am going to do it

26: When I am reading for enjoyment, I like writers to

clearly say what they mean
say things in creative, interesting ways

27: When I see a diagram or sketch in a class, I am most likely to remember

the picture
what the instructor said about it

28: When considering a body of information, I am more likely to

focus on details and miss the big picture
try to understand the big picture before getting into details

29: I more easily remember

something I have done
something I have thought a lot about

30: When I have to perform a task, I prefer

charts or graphs
text summarizing the results

31: When someone is showing me data, I prefer

charts or graphs
text summarizing the results

32: When writing a paper, I am more likely to

work on (think about or write) the beginning of the paper and progress forward
work on (think about or write) different parts of the paper and then order them

33: When I have to work on a group project, I first want to

have a "group brainstorming" where everyone contributes ideas
brainstorm individually and then come together as a group to compare ideas

34: I consider it higher praise to call someone


35: When I meet people at a party, I am more likely to remember

what they looked like
what they said about themselves

36: When I am learning a new subject, I prefer to

stay focused on that subject, learning as much about it as I can
try to make connections between that subject and related subjects

37: I am more likely to be considered


38: I prefer courses that emphasize

concrete material (e.g. facts or data)
abstract material (concepts, theories)

39: For entertainment, I would rather

watch television
read a book

40: Some teachers start their lectures with an outline of what they will cover. Such outlines are

somewhat helpful to me
very helpful to me

41: The idea of doing homework in groups, with one grade for the entire group

appeals to me
does not appeal to me

42: When I am doing long calculations,

I tend to repeat all my steps and check my work carefully
I find checking my homework tiresome and have to force myself to do it

43: I tend to picture places I have been

easily and fairly accurately
with difficulty and with not much detail

44: When solving problems in a group, I would be more likely to

think of the steps in the solution process
think of possible consequences or applications of the solution in a wide range of areas.