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What’s Your Learning Style?

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Why do you love learning sometimes but can’t remember a thing at others?  Why do some people annoy the hell out of you while you love working with others?

This quiz will help you to find the answers to these questions so that you can adjust your learning strategies AND start to show love and understanding for the idiots who don’t do it your way!!!

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(I haven’t adjusted this quiz for a phone. Sorry! You need to use a tablet or computer.)

Activity 1: Introvert or Extrovert

Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 I easily make new friends.
2 At parties or gatherings, I feel energised and have fun.
3 I like groups of people.
4 It is easy for me to talk to strangers.
5 In social groups, I easily keep up with news or gossip about other people.
6 I am rather shy and quiet most of the time.
7 I like to have friendships with just a few people.
8 It is hard for most people to get to know me.
9 People view me as quiet more than sociable.
10 In a large group, I listen rather than speak unless I know the people well.

The first 5 Questions highlight your Extroversion Score___________

If you have a high extroversion score you probably enjoy talking about your thoughts and ideas.

The second 5 Questions highlight your Introversion Score____________

If you have a high introvert score you might like to study independently. Debating your ideas in a group is NOT your ideal way of learning.

A balanced score shows that you are capable of working in both ways depending on your situation.

 Activity 2: Your Sensory Preferences

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 I remember things better if I write them down.
2 I take lots of notes.
3 I can visualise pictures, numbers, words, or pages in my head.
4 I get distracted by background noise.
5 I have to look at someone to focus on what they are saying.
6 I remember things better if I discuss them with someone.
7 I prefer listening to a lecture rather to reading a textbook.
8 I can easily follow a speaker even if I don’t see him or her.
9 I remember better what people say than what they look like.
10 I remember jokes that I hear.
11 I don’t like to listen to or read directions; I’d rather just start doing things.
12 I like building or making things.
13 I like frequent breaks.
14 I think better when I can move around and when I don’t have to sit at a desk.
15 I use my fingers to count and/or move my lips when I read.

You will have some strength in each area. This quiz may help you to understand whether you prefer watching, listening or doing.

1st 5 Questions = Visual learner Score________                                                                    

2nd 5 Questions= Auditory learner Score _________

3rd 5 Questions = Kinaesthetic Learner Hands On Score____________

 Activity 3: Your Relations with Ideas

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
 1 I have a good imagination.
 2 I like to come up with new ideas or options.
3 Step-by-step learning often bores me.
4 I like to work out the major principles that might not be clear at first, rather than being told.
 5 I consider myself original and creative.
6 I am a practical, realistic person.
7 I am attracted to sensible people.
8 I like things presented in a step by step way.
9 I like concrete facts, not speculation or hidden meanings.
10 I prefer to avoid too many options from which to choose.

1st 5 = Intuitive Score________

You enjoy playing with ideas and enjoy theoretical thinking.

Intuitive learners can be random in their approach to learning and will flick from one website, conversation or information source to another, picking up snippets from each rather than following step by step instructions.  

2nd 5 = Concrete/sequential Score_______

Sequential learners are likely to prefer step-by-step logical activities. You prefer to take a course to learn rather than guessing and learning in a random way. Casual skipping across topics frustrates you.

Choose your style and use it to make your learning faster and more fun.

 Activity 4: Your Orientation to Learning Tasks 

Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
 1 I reach decisions quickly.
 2 I am an organised and punctual person.
 3 I make lists of things that I need to do, and I generally follow through.
 4 If I’m going somewhere, I like to plan in advance what I will be doing and approximately when.
 5 I start early so that I can finish before the deadline.
6 I put off making decisions as long as I reasonably can.
7 I am a spontaneous person and do not like to plan ahead too much.
8 Lists of tasks and deadlines depress me.
9 I keep an open mind about things.
 10 I like to just let things happen.

 1st 5 = Closure Score___________

This indicates how quickly you need to reach decisions and finish tasks.

If you have a high closure score you focus on tasks, meet deadlines, plan ahead for assignments, want explicit instructions, and ask for clear direction.

 2nd 5 = Openness Score______________

A high Openness score indicates how much you need to delay reaching decisions and finishing tasks. You enjoy “discovery learning” in which you pick up information on your own, and you prefer to relax and play with ideas without much concern for deadlines or planning ahead.

If you are too closed you may make decisions too quickly and find later that it was the wrong decision. If you are too open you may never finish anything or get work done on time.

Activity 5: Your Overall Orientation

  Tick 0 for Never, 1 for Sometimes or 2 for Always to indicate your preferences.  0 1 2
1 Essays and tests are easier for me than multiple-choice.
 2 When I am studying, I look for similarities rather than differences.
 3 I like getting the big picture before getting the details.
4 I enjoy summarising and synthesising.
5 Too many details tend to confuse me.
6 I like to see details before seeing the whole thing.
7 I like to break things down into pieces so I can understand them.
8 In taking on anything new, I look for differences rather than similarities.
9 Summarizing bores me.
10 I use logical thinking to solve problems.

1st 5 = Global SCORE__________

If you are more global, you enjoy getting the main idea of a subject. You like to know where a lesson or idea is heading before you fill in the details. If you are not told where the lesson is going you will guess what the point is, then check your assumption throughout the lesson.

2nd 5 = Analytic SCORE___________

If you are more analytic, you might feel less comfortable with big picture techniques and want the team or author to get on with it rather than generally exploring a subject.

A balance between these indicates you have the capacity to see the big picture AND to analyse details in a manner that identifies details.

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MY LEARNING STYLE: I am an extrovert who loves learning by talking. Learning in a group is great for me. I am intuitive so love throwing around ideas before settling on an answer. I am happy to leave a decision open so can end up being rushed if I don’t give myself plenty of time. Overall I like to get a global idea of a problem so need to work with people who will pull me back to analysing details.

ADJUST YOUR LEARNING STRATEGIES TO MATCH YOUR STYLE

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Bev Johnson

 

For help unearthing your great adventure … or if you need to get your dream happening contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or phone me on M:0434056412.

Author: Bev Johnson

Hi, I'm Bev Johnson I started my career as an English teacher in Western Australia and quickly added a pastoral care role to support kids and help them to find their purpose. My career lead through education to the TAFE sector, into business development, through ICT systems development and human resource management. My purpose was always to have fun while learning new things and making the world a better place. I am now having a great time unearthing new ways to help young people to make the giant leap from school into their future. You can tap into my information and advice by subscribing to my newsletter, getting me to speak to your group and reading my blog. Contact me at Bev.J@infocus-careers.com.au or M: 0434056412

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