Learning Styles

What kind of learner am I?

Everyone learns in a different way. Some people learn visually, some by listening, and some by doing. To understand what kind of a learner you are, try 1 or 2 of the assessment tools listed here. Once you know what style of learner you are, you can develop study skills that address your preferred way of learning to save yourself time and frustration.

Learning Style Assessment

  • The VARK questionnaire – VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/write, Kinesthetic) categorises ways of learning and helps explain the best way to study based on learning style. Helpsheets are included.
  • Learning style inventory (The McGraw Hill Companies) – A quick multiple-choice assessment of whether your learning style is visual, auditory or kinesthetic.
  • Index of learning styles questionnaire (North Carolina State University) – Assess your learning style based on 4 dimensions: active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and sequential/global. Strategies for each style are suggested after completing the questionnaire.
  • Multiple Intelligences for Adult Literacy and Education (Literacy Net) – "Helps you determine which intelligences are strongest for you. 
  • Thinking Styles Inventory (MIT) – "A tool to help identify your preferred modes of thinking, questioning, and making decisions."

Last updated December 10, 2015