A handy survey to help identify a student's primary style of learning.

Every person on this planet is a bit different in how they think and communicate. Learning styles are just a way to say which methods best agree with you for taken in information. Academics have commonly shifted their thinking on learning styles by classifying four then seven. The underlying truth is that not everybody learns best using the same technique. Not everyone learns best with flashcards or by taking notes. People that best take in information best with their eyes through observation are referred to as visual learners. This style of learner accelerates with pictures and diagrams. These are your students that are doodling on their pads all the time, as it helps them think. There are many people that learn best by hearing something. These are called auditory learners. I can attest to this my college roommate would put her head down (as if she were sleeping) on desk and just listen in class. She graduated college with honors. There are people that best take in information by touching and doing. These learners are called kinesthetic learners. They tend to be good athletes and do not have the best handwriting. There are so many different ways to take information. Wouldn’t it be best to determine what works best for you or your students? This would help you learn things at an accelerated rate. Once the students have completed the survey, you'll be able to better tailor your lesson plans to accommodate their individual learning styles.

Human beings differ from one another in a multitude of ways. Just as two people may have different eye colors or different body types, each person has his or her own individual learning style. This short survey is designed to assess your individual learning style combination enabling you to learn and study more effectively. For accuracy's sake, we'll go into specifics of the theory behind learning styles after you've completed the survey. It is best to keep preconceived notions about your learning style out of your mind for the time being. For the best results, mark you answers honestly and intuitively. This series of inventory sheets can be used to help students identify the traits that they share on average day. The checklist with walkthrough through a number of different ways to assess which methods of learning agree most with either their habits or what they personally feel comfortable with. As you scroll down you will come across an interpretation area that helps you make sense of it all. Hopefully through this exercise you we be able to communicate to students some solid study habits that would be best agree with their own approach to learning.

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Printable Learning Style Checklist Worksheet

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Learning Styles Inventory

Page 1 of 10. Contains instructions for the survey, and general indicators. Below, you will find a series of statements which may or may not apply to you. On the right of each statement place a mark indicating whether you "strongly agree," "agree somewhat," "disagree," or "strongly disagree" with each statement.

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Visual Portion

Page 2 of 10. Concentrates on questions to ascertain a visual learning style. Example: " I would rather build a scale model of a car than read about cars in a magazine."

Auditory Portion

Page 3 of 10. Concentrates on questions to ascertain an auditory learning style. Example: "When I pick up the phone, I can easily tell who is on the other line just by his or her voice."

Tactile Portion

Page 4 of 10. Concentrates on questions to ascertain a tactile learning style. Example: "I never have trouble driving a friend's car or finding the controls and switches, even if I've never driven it before."

Rote Section

Page 5 of 10. Concentrates on questions to ascertain a rote learning style. Example: The easiest way for me to learn to spell a word is to repeat its spelling out loud several times.

Last Page of Survey

Page 6 of 10. The last questions continued from the "Rote Section" page.

Now that you've taken the survey

It's time to add up your scores. Each of the three columns that you see below contains a list of numbers that correspond to the statements that you have just responded to above. For each statement that you "strongly disagreed "with, write a "1." If you "disagreed" with a statement write a "2" by the number corresponding to that statement. If you "agreed" somewhat write a "3" and if you "strongly agreed" write a "4."

What does it all mean?

Occasionally, you may find that you do not have a single dominant learning style but rather two or even three nearly equal scores. If this is the case, you should read the information on each style that you score highly on. Go ahead and read the suggestions given below for the learning style that you scored the highest in.

Auditory and Tactile Learners

Auditory Learners learn primarily by paying close attention to sounds and voices. Tactile Learners learn through doing. These types of learners are less inclined to absorb the bulk of their information through language.

Final Thought

A continuation of the "Auditory and Tactile Learners" page, plus a last word overall.

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