Your Learning Styles Inventory

Your Learning Styles Inventory (Visual, Auditory, or Kinesthetic)

Someone asked what the percentages are for Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic learning styles.  I don’t know the percentage or if this has been researched.  I do know, however, that schools are set up to teach to the main-stream.  Visual is 1st then Auditory and a much smaller percentage is Kinesthetic (feeling) in our population.

Below you will find 16 questions designed to determine your preference for either the Visual, Auditory or Kinesthetic primary learning styles. We have the ability to learn in all 3 tsyles, but we also have a preferred learning style.  Kinesthetic is called Haptic in the instrument that schools sometimes use to determine how to teach to an individual child.  From my point of view, every child can be taught the way they need to learn and it is poor policy that allows otherwise good students to fall through the cracks of the educational system simply because the way they learn does not match the model preferred by teachers and administrations.  Kinesthetic learners, in particular, tend to come away believing that they cannot learn or are ‘stupid’ or ‘slow’.  When they miss a point that a teacher is making, they can’t catch up and finally they give up.  They are often labelled ADD or ADHD and suffer from the self-esteem issues that go with the territory.

Check it out for yourself below.  Then plan your life around learning the way that works best for you.

What’s Your Learning Style?

For these questions, choose the first answer that comes to mind and mark an answer on a separate piece of paper for a,b, or c. Don’t spend too much time thinking about any one question.

1. When you study for a test, would you rather
a) read notes, read headings in a book, and look at diagrams and
b) have someone ask you questions, or repeat facts silently to yourself.
c) write things out on index cards and make models or diagrams.

2. Which of these do you do when you listen to music?
a) daydream (see things that go with the music)
b) hum along
c) move with the music, tap your foot, etc.

3. When you work at solving a problem do you
a) make a list, organize the steps, and check them off as they are done
b) make a few phone calls and talk to friends or experts
c) make a model of the problem or walk through all the steps in your mind

4. When you read for fun, do you prefer
a) a travel book with a lot of pictures in it
b) a mystery book with a lot of conversation in it
c) a book where you answer questions and solve problems

5. To learn how a computer works, would you rather
a) watch a movie about it
b) listen to someone explain it
c) take the computer apart and try to figure it out for yourself

6. You have just entered a science museum, what will you do first?
a) look around and find a map showing the locations of the various exhibits
b) talk to a museum guide and ask about exhibits
c) go into the first exhibit that looks interesting, and read directions later

7. What kind of restaurant would you rather not go to?
a) one with the lights too bright
b) one with the music too loud
c) one with uncomfortable chairs

8. Would you rather go to
a) an art class
b) a music class
c) an exercise class

9. Which are you most likely to do when you are happy?
a) grin
b) shout with joy
c) jump for joy

10. If you were at a party, what would you be most likely to remember the next
a) the faces of the people there, but not the names
b) the names but not the faces
c) the things you did and said while you were there

11. When you see the word “d – o – g”, what do you do first?
a) think of a picture of a particular dog
b) say the word “dog” to yourself silently
c) sense the feeling of being with a dog (petting it, running with it, etc.)

12. When you tell a story, would you rather
a) write it
b) tell it out loud
c) act it out

13. What is most distracting for you when you are trying to concentrate?
a) visual distractions
b) noises
c) other sensations like, hunger, tight shoes, or worry

14. What are you most likely to do when you are angry?
a) scowl
b) shout or “blow up”
c) stomp off and slam doors

15. When you aren’t sure how to spell a word, which of these are you most likely
to do?
a) write it out to see if it looks right
b) sound it out
c) write it out to see if it feels right

16. Which are you most likely to do when standing in a long line at the movies?
a) look at posters advertising other movies
b) talk to the person next to you
c) tap your foot or move around in some other way

Total your a’s, b’s, and c’s to determine which modality is your preferred learning style.

by Bill Thomason
Your NLP Success Coach
Certified NLP Master Trainer