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Choose the answer that best explains your preference and mark the letter (A, B, or C). If only a single answer does not match your perception, please indicate the second or third choices.




1.    You have a friend flying in from out of town to meet you.  She has a rental car and wants to come and visit you. Would you:

C. Email her a map to your house?

A. Tell her the directions?

B. Collect her from the airport in your car?


2.     You are on your first trip to Seattle and want to visit the Space Needle. How would you get there from your hotel?

A.  Call and ask for directions?

B.  Have someone drive you?

C.  Print out a map


3.     A famous cartoonist is visiting your city and is putting on a demonstration.  As he draws he explains what he is doing and why. How would you spend most of your time?

A.  Watch him carefully?

B.   Take notes and try to draw like he does?

C.  Carefully listen to his descriptions and stories about cartooning?


4.    You are going to cook a dessert as a special treat for your family. Do you:

B.  Cook something familiar without the need for instructions?

C.  Thumb through a cookbook looking for ideas from the pictures?

A.  Ask for advice from others?


5.     A group of tourists has been assigned to you to find out about national parks. Would you:

B.  Drive them to a national park?

C.  Show them slides and photographs?

A.  Give them a talk about national parks?


6.     You are about to purchase a new stereo. Other than the price, what would most influence your decision?

A.  A friend talking about it?

B.  Listening to it?

C.  Its distinctive, upscale appearance?


7.     Try to remember when you learned to ride a bike. How did you learn best?  By:

C.  Visual clues-pictures, diagrams, charts?

A.  Listening to somebody explain it?

B.  Doing it?


8.    Which of these games do you prefer?

C.  Pictionary?                                  A.  Scene It?                               B. Charades?


9.     You are about to learn how to use a new program on a computer. Would you:

B.   Ask a friend to show you?

C.   Read the manual which comes with the program?

A.   Telephone a friend and ask questions about it?


10.     You are not sure how a word should be spelled.  Do you:

C.  See the word in your mind and choose the best way it looks?

A.  Sound it out?

B.  Write both versions down?


11.  Apart from price, what would most influence your decision to buy a particular book?

B.  You read a few pages to see if it is interesting?

A.  Your friend talks about it?

C.  The cover looks interesting?


12.     Do you prefer a lecturer/teacher who likes to use:

A.  Handouts and/or a textbook?

C.  Diagrams, charts, and slides?

B.  Field trips. labs, practical sessions?

Now go back and count how many A’s, B’s, and C’s you chose. The letter you have circled most indicates your preferred learning style. If you have mostly A’s, you learn best by hearing. If you have mostly B’s, you learn best by doing. If you have mostly C’s, you learn best by seeing. If you have a “tie” or two letters are about equal you probably have more than one preferred learning style.

If you are an Aural (or hearing) Learner:

In Class You Should:

  • attend lectures and tutorials
  • discuss topics with others
  • explain new ideas to other people
  • describe overheads, pictures, and visuals to somebody that was not there.
  • leave space in notes for later recall

When Studying You Should:

  • understand you may take poor notes because you prefer to listen
  • expand your notes
  • read summarized notes out load

If you are a Visual (or seeing) learner:

In Class You Should:

  • Underline
  • use different colors
  • use symbols, charts, arrangements on a page

When Studying You Should:

  • reconstruct images in different ways
  • redraw pages from memory
  • replace words with symbols and initials

If you are a Kinesthetic (or doing) learner:

In Class You Should:

  • use all of your senses
  • go to lab, take field trips
  • use trial and error methods
  • listen to real life examples

When Studying You Should:

  • understand you may take notes poorly due to topics not seeming relevant
  • put examples in note summaries
  • use pictures and photos to illustrate

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