Study Tips

Free Learning Styles Questionnaire

Created by Richard Felder and Barbara Solomon to help you better understand how you learn

Understanding your learning style can help you improve your results and get more from your study time.

Everyone is unique, and we all have our own preferences when it comes to learning new material. Even if your teacher’s methods don’t align with your preferred learning style, you can still find ways to absorb the information. Start by taking the quiz, then look for ways you can adapt your study technique to suit your learning style. It’ll save you time and energy, and help you get a better handle on the information.

Which learning style are you?


Active vs Reflective Learners

Active Learners need to try things out, while Reflective Learners like to think about things first. If you’re an active learner try studying with a group and testing out concepts you’ve learnt in class. Reflective learners should spend time reviewing what they’ve learnt and thinking of possible other questions you could ask.

Sensing vs Intuitive Learners

Sensing Learners like to learn about facts, so connect what you’ve learnt with your real world experiences and look for practical applications of the material. Intuitive Learners prefer to innovate and don’t want to repeat information, so make sure you double check your answers.

Visual vs Verbal Learners

Visual Learners prefer to see things for themselves, so when you’re studying try creating flowcharts and graphs to remember the information. Verbal Learners can write out summaries of the material in their own words, or talk about the information with classmates.

Sequential vs Global Learners

Sequential Learners like to follow logical steps, so if you find you’re not following the material go back and fill in the gaps in your knowledge. Global Learners could benefit from getting an overview of the topic before they start learning, so you could look for quick videos on the topic before you start your formal study session.

Take the Learning Styles Questionnaire to find out where you fit in. It’s based on decades of research and you can find it here.

Teachers: Although the Questionnaire is free, the creators have asked that anyone who has used it in class or with multiple students donate to support its upkeep if you are able.

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