Learning Styles

All learners are not equal. They come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, have many different experiences and use different methods of learning. Some will like to learn from text, while others will want visual support and images. Some will assimilate information individually while others will prefer to work in groups. In the end, the only thing that can be said with certainty is that every individual learns in his or her own particular way.

The Learning Styles Questionnaire has been developed after extensive research into how we prefer to learn. It aims to help every “learner” to understand their own learning style (and the teaching style of those who help others learn). The self scoring instrument uses 40 pairs of questions to help the respondent develop a personal learning styles profile using these dimensions.

  • Attending: Motivation to Learn
  • Translating: Making Information Meaningful
  • Relating: Linking Data to Existing Knowledge
  • Understanding: Using and Applying the Knowledge


Instructions

The Learning Styles Profile contains 40 pairs of statements. For each pair, select the choice that is most true for you, most of the time.

In some instances, both statements will be appealing. Select the one that is most true. You might find that neither statement is very characteristic; in such cases, select the choice that you feel to be most accurate.

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Attending
(Motivation to Learn)
1. Question 1
I do not like to participate in workshops or training courses unless the subject really interests me.
    I often find myself daydreaming when a trainer or facilitator is speaking.   
2. Question 2
I can usually concentrate when I want to.
    A noisy environment usually irritates me and breaks my concentration.   
3. Question 3
I like to know what I will get out of it before I give my full attention.
    I tend not to ask questions in a group of people, even if I do not understand.   
4. Question 4
I ask questions to clarify information when it is needed.
    I often find myself doodling or drawing.   
5. Question 5
I find that diagrams and models are useful in training.
    People often fidget a lot in the training room.   
6. Question 6
I like to start and finish on time, and work hard in between.
    I often think about things other than what is being discussed in a training class or workshop.   
7. Question 7
People who talk and do not pay attention when they are in a class annoy me.
    I sometimes need to be given instructions for activities or exercises twice.   
8. Question 8
I try to look for the relevance of what is being presented.
    Many course presenters are not very good at holding my attention.   
 
Translating
(Learning Reliance)
9. Question 9
I often find other people’s ideas more useful or interesting than my own.
    In a formal training environment, I prefer to work with a group.   
10. Question 10
I always like it when a trainer spells out clear learning objectives and outcomes.
    In a fomal training environment, I prefer to work independently.   
11. Question 11
I prefer lectures to group activities or discussion.
    I am happy to be given a wide range of pre-reading material before a course.   
12. Question 12
In a formal training environment, I prefer to work with well-structured presentation notes and handouts.
    You almost always meet really interesting people in a training class.   
13. Question 13
I enjoy seminars in which ideas can be freely exchanged.
    Some course leaders don’t have all the information when you ask them questions.   
14. Question 14
I am often attracted to a course that has a well-structured curriculum.
    I could quite easily take courses on my own, via distance learning.   
15. Question 15
I am happy to be given work assignments or projects involving one or two other people.
    I like to set my own learning goals.   
16. Question 16
I often volunteer for role-plays if they are part of the training course.
    I usually decide pretty quickly which information is useful to me and which is not.   
17. Question 17
I am happy to listen to a presentation that includes complex information.
    I tend to study more effectively when I’m working with others.   
18. Question 18
Learning is usually more effective when the subject is fully discussed or debated in a group.
    I’m comfortable taking a leadership role in group discussions.   
19. Question 19
I am rarely comfortable in loosely-defined brainstorming sessions.
    I can often ask probing and incisive questions about the information that is being presented.   
20. Question 20
I like to check facts or learning conclusions with others before I decide for myself.
    I often get my best ideas by talking them out with others.   
 
Relating
(Data Perception)
21. Question 21
When relaxing, I prefer to watch a film or go to see a play.
    When relaxing, I prefer to listen to music or the radio.   
22. Question 22
If I’m lost or need directions, I prefer having a map.
    When relaxing, I prefer to play games or sports.   
23. Question 23
I like course information presented in diagrams and pictures.
    I often like to be doing something with my hands when I’m listening or talking.   
24. Question 24
I prefer to talk to people face-to-face.
    I am often impatient to speak, and I often finish other people’s sentences.   
25. Question 25
I enjoy talking to people on the phone for long periods of time.
    I prefer many short breaks in a class so that I can move around.   
26. Question 26
When bored, I tend to doodle or watch something.
    I like to get involved in physical activity during a training class.   
27. Question 27
If I’m lost or need directions, I need to be told.
    I’m not good at sitting still for long periods of time.   
28. Question 28
I am quite happy to listen to a long presentation or lecture.
    If I am lost or in need of directions, I prefer to be shown the way.   
29. Question 29
I tend to forget names and remember faces.
    I find background music helpful when we are doing group exercises in a training class.   
30. Question 30
I often forget faces but remember names.
    I make gestures and use my hands when I am speaking.   
31. Question 31
I’m not good at listening to others.
    I like outdoor activities and exercises, where you can ’get your hands dirty’.   
32. Question 32
I often find that a video is a useful addition to most courses.
    I talk to myself sometimes.   
 
Understanding
(Information Synthesis)
33. Question 33
I am good at seeing the big picture.
    It is important to include the details, as much as you can.   
34. Question 34
I often see relationships between ideas.
    It is usually best to focus and to concentrate.   
35. Question 35
It is important to read between the lines.
    I can often easily recall facts and figures.   
36. Question 36
Learning presents lots of options and possibilities.
    I like direct and practical answers to my questions.   
37. Question 37
It is important to ’go with the flow’ most of the time.
    I like things to be ordered in a step-by-step sequence.   
38. Question 38
I don’t like having to explain myself in detail.
    I like to be prepared.   
39. Question 39
I often don’t know why I do some things.
    I usually prefer to deal with one thing at a time.   
40. Question 40
I quickly get bored when a course leader spends time on minor details.
    I can get frustrated by opinion expressed as fact.   

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