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Appendix: A

Your Learning Inventory:

How do you take in information? The information from the learning inventory is a brief inventory to assist you in determining your own style of learning. Use the information from this user friendly inventory to discover your learning strengths which help maximize information gathering.

There are several types of learning styles. Auditory learners learn best by hearing the material. Visual learners need to see the material to learn most effectively. Kinesthetic learners are those who learn best by doing.

Most individuals use a combination of all three modalities. For example, if an individual is a strong visual learner but has good listening skills, too, that person, may want to use those secondary auditory skills to boost the visual modality for even better learning.

The kinesthetic response of rewriting notes after the lecture will help reinforce material presented. The way in which an individual takes in new information, sorts, retains, retrieves, and reproduces it is heavily dependent on the style of learning. Are you ready to begin, go to the learning inventory and complete the inventory.

After completing the inventory, total the score for each section.

A score of 21 points or more in a modality indicates a strength in that area. The highest of the 3 scores indicates the most efficient method of information intake. The second highest score indicates the modality which boosts the primary strength. For example, a score of 23 in the visual modality indicates a strong visual learner. Such a learner benefits from the text, from filmstrips, charts, graphs, etc. If the second highest score is auditory, then the individual would benefit from audio tapes, lectures, etc. If you are strong kinesthetically, then taking notes and rewriting class notes will reinforce information.

Learning Styles

Modality Preference Inventory

Read each statement and select the appropriate number response as it applies to you.

Often(3)   Sometimes(2)    Seldom/Never(1)

Visual Modality

____ I remember information better if! I write it down.
____ Looking at the person helps keep me focused.
____ I need a quiet place to get my work done.
____ When I take a test, I can see the textbook page in my head.
____ I need to write down directions, not just take them verbally.
____ Music or background noise distracts my attention from the task at hand.
____ I don't always get the meaning of a joke.
____ I doodle and draw pictures on the margins of my notebook pages.
____ I have trouble following lectures.
____ I react very strongly to colors.
____ Total

Auditory Modality

____ My papers and notebooks always seem messy.
____ When I read, I need to use my index finger to track my place on the line.
____ I do not follow written directions well.
____ If I hear something, I will remember it.
____ Writing has always been difficult for me.
____ I often misread words from the text (i.e., "them" for "then").
____ I would rather listen and learn than read and learn.
____ I'm not very good at interpreting an individuals body language.
____ Pages with small print or poor quality copies are difficult for me to read.
____ My eyes tire quickly, even though my vision checkup is always fine.
____ Total

Kinesthetic/ Tactile Modality

____ I start a project before reading the directions.
____ I hate to sit at a desk for long periods of time.
____ I prefer first to see something done and then to do it myself.
____ I use the trial and error approach to problem solving.
____ I like to read my textbook while riding an exercise bike.
____ I take frequent study breaks.
____ I have a difficult time giving step-by-step instructions.
____ I enjoy sports and so well at several different types of sports.
____ I use my hands when describing things.
____ I have to rewrite or type my class notes to reinforce the material.
____ Total

Modality Preference Inventory Totals:

____ Visual Modality
____ Auditory Modality
____ Kinesthetic/Tactile Modality

Now that you have an indication of your referred method of taking in information, enter here to return and continue with the rest of human behavior.


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