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Assessment to Determine Learning Styles

written by: Jessica Cook • edited by: Donna Cosmato • updated: 9/11/2012

If you are a middle or high school teacher, here is a great assessment to give your students at the beginning of the school year. Read on to learn more.

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    Using the Learning Style Assessment

    Teachers need to find out how their students learn. There are three main different learning styles: visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic learners. In order to assess students’ learning, you can give them a learning styles assessment at the beginning of the school year. Not only will this help the teacher, but it gives the students insight into how they learn. Here is a simple assessment that you can do. The easiest way to do it is to separate the assessment into three sections, each for the different learning styles, but don’t tell the students which section is which.

    Have your students answer the questions as honestly as possible. Do this on the first day of class or as early into the course as you can find the time for it.

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    Administer the Assessment

    Directions: Place a check mark next to each statement that you agree with.

    Section A

    ___1. I like to look at pictures, graphs, and charts.

    ___2. I can picture information in my head.

    ___3. I like quiet in order to learn.

    ___4. I like to sit in the front of the class.

    ___5. I take lots of detailed notes.

    ___6. I am organized.

    ___7. I find it hard to listen to others speaking.

    ___8. If I am putting something together I look at the pictures instead of the words.

    ___9. I like handouts.

    ___10. To study, I read my notes.

    Section B

    ___1. Sometimes, I talk to myself.

    ___2. I like to listen to others.

    ___3. When I read by myself, I read out loud.

    ___4. I prefer lectures.

    ___5. When I study, I have someone else ask me questions.

    ___6. I enjoy reading out loud in class.

    ___7. I enjoy listening to music.

    ___8. I learn from watching movies.

    ___9. I like to speak in front of people.

    ___10. I am good at explaining things.

    Section C

    ___1. I like to work with my hands.

    ___2. I enjoy doing projects.

    ___3. I need to take a lot of breaks.

    ___4. I talk with my hands.

    ___5. I like field trips.

    ___6. I need to have the objects in my hands in order to understand.

    ___7. I need to be able to move around.

    ___8. I like to play sports.

    ___9. I use flashcards to study.

    ___10. I like to act things out.

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    Grading the Assessment

    When students finish the assessment, have them count how many check marks they have in each section. Whatever section they have the most checks in is the way they learn the best. Section A is for visual learners, B is for auditory and C is for kinesthetic learners.

    Some students may have equal checks in two sections, meaning that they learn more than one way, and that is OK. The key to any learning style assessment is that it shouldn’t take a long time to administer. This quick assessment is a simple little thing that you can do that can help better your students’ education.

    When you collect your students' informational sheets, make a basic chart for yourself outlining each student's name and his or her preferred learning method. Then tally up the total number of visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners you have in each class. Use these sheets to help you plan your instruction, catering to the specific learning needs and preferences of the students you teach.


  • Based on author's experience as a teacher.
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