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What Is a Learning Style Inventory?

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Learning style inventories are designed to help respondents determine which learning style they have. These inventories typically take the form of a questionnaire that focuses on how people prefer to learn. Respondents choose the answers that most closely resemble their own preferences.

Popular Learning Style Inventories

  • Kolb's Learning Style Inventory (LSI)
    Perhaps one of the best-known and most widely used questionnaires is the Learning Style Inventory (LSI) based upon Kolb's learning styles. The computerized assessment allows students to discover their learning style and also provides information on how educators can use this information to best serve students as well as possible strategies for accommodating different learning styles.

  • Fleming's VARK Learning Style Questionnaire
    In Fleming's VARK learning style model, learners are identified as one of four different types: visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic. In 1987, he developed a questionnaire based upon his model that was designed to help people learn more about their individual style. The model and questionnaire quickly became very popular among students and educators, and both remain widely used today.

  • Jackson's Learning Styles Profiler (LSP)
    The Learning Style Profiler (LSP) is based upon Chris J. Jackson's hybrid model of learning in personality. Jackson's model suggests that learning styles are influenced by a variety of factors including experience, personal choice and biology. The profiler is designed to assess how people learn at work, so it is often used in organizational and business settings.

There are also many free online quizzes available online. While these informal questionnaires are a fun way to gain a little more insight in how you like to learn, it is important to realize that most have never been studied or validated in any way.

For example, the About.com Homework Help site offers a fun and interesting learning style quiz based upon the VAK/VARK model.

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