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Learning Styles Questionnaire


Answer the questions by ticking the relevant box. Make a note on a separate piece of paper of how many times in total you answered a), b) and c). You will need this to check your answers later. When you have finished, check your answers with the feedback given in the ‘key’.


1. When I learn new vocabulary, I find it best to :

a) read a list of words and learn them by heart.

b) listen to the words on a cassette or CD and try to repeat them.

c) use ‘post-it’ labels and stick them around the room.


2. When I am writing an assignment in English, my first strategy tends to be to :

a) plan the assignment carefully first, perhaps using a mind map.

b) discuss my essay plan first with my tutor and fellow students

c) write out the first draft of the assignment straight away.


3. If I am asked to use a new item of technology on my course, which I have never used before, I prefer to :

a) see a demonstration given by someone else first.

b) listen to a talk about how to use the equipment.

c) try using the equipment myself, straight away.


4. When I am reading a piece of fictional literature (either for pleasure, or for my course of study) I generally :

a) like detailed visual descriptions.

b) imagine hearing the characters talking.

c) enjoy the action and the interaction between the characters.


5. When I begin studying a new topic on my course, the first thing I usually do is to :

a) make a diagram, mind map or outline of the key information.

b) talk to my fellow students, then listen carefully to the first lecture on the topic.

c) go off to the nearest library to start doing my own research.


6. When I am involved in a discussion with someone, the phrase that I am most likely to use to agree with that person/ show understanding is :

a) OK, I can see what you mean.

b) Ah, we seem to be on the same wavelength.

c) Well, I think I’ve grasped the idea pretty well.


7. When I get feedback on my assignment, I find it best if:

a) the tutor corrects my mistakes, and gives written feedback at the end.

b) the tutor discusses my work with me for a few minutes, one-to-one.

c) the tutor shows me where I have gone wrong (e.g. gives me books, sits at the computer with me, gives me a ‘hands-on’ tutorial, etc).


8. I feel that I am best able to develop my English language by :

a) seeing patterns in reference books and learning them.

b) communicating with others in English.

c) going for walks around towns or cities and seeing what language I can pick up on my travels.


9. When I am preparing for my exams, my preferred method of revising is to :

a) read my notes and learn them by heart.

b) talk about the topics with others in a study group.

c) ensure that I get plenty of physical exercise, perhaps taking my notes with me.


10. If I am in a lecture and I do not understand an important word or phrase used by the lecturer, my preferred strategy is to:

a) try to write the word down as it sounds, and look it up later.

b) remember how the word is pronounced and ask the tutor (or another student) later.

c) Use a dictionary that you have brought along to the lecture.


11. In a lecture, my preferred strategy is:

a) to make my notes as visual and eye-catching as possible.

b) to gain as much understanding as possible just by listening to the lecturer.

c) to spend time during any breaks discussing the lecture material with other students.


12. For me, the best way to read efficiently for my studies is:

a) to sit at a desk and to make notes as I go along.

b) to make recordings of my thoughts as I go along, and to discuss these with others.

c) to use every minute to read, say, on the bus to university in the morning.


13. When I am watching a television programme in a second or foreign language, I prefer to:

a) use the images (and subtitles) to work out what is going on.

b) to listen without the subtitles.

c) to listen to the programme as I am doing other things.


14. Overall, my assessment of my own ability is that I perform particularly well in :

a) essay writing.

b) seminar participation.

c) role playing.


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