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Unformatted text preview: Barsch Learning Style Inventory Ieflrey R. Barsch, EdD Name: School: Grade or Year: Counselor/Teacher/ Examiner: Da te: To gain a better understanding of yourself as a learner you need to evaluate the way you pre- fer to learn. We all should develop a style that will enhance our leaming potential. The fol- lowing evaluation is a short, quick way of assessing your learning style. This is not a timed test. Try to do as much as you can by yougself. You surely may, howev- er, ask for assistance when and where you feel you need it. Answer each question as honestly as you can. There are thirty-two questions. - When you are finished, transfer each number to its proper place on the last page. Then. total each of the four columns on that page. You will then see very quickly what your best method of learning is, i.e., whether you are a visual, auditory, tactile or kinesthetic learner. By this we mean, whether you as an individual learn best through seeing things, hearing them, through the sense of touch, or through actually performing the task. For example: - If you are a visual learner, that is, if you have a high visual score, then by all means be sure you see all study materials. Use charts, maps, filmstrips, notes, and flashcards. Practice visualizing or picturing spelling words, for example, in your head. Use brightly colored markers to highlight your reading assignments. Write out everything for fre- quent and quick visual review. - [f you are an auditory learner, that is, if you have a high auditory score, then be sure to use tapes. Sit in the lecture hall or classroom where you can hear lectures clearly. Tape your class or lecture notes so that you can review them frequently. After you have read some— thing, summarize it on tape. Verbally review spelling words and lectures with a friend. - If you are a tactile learner, that is, if you have a high tactile score, you might trace Words, for example, as you are saying them. Facts that must be learned should be writ- ten several times. Keep a supply of scratch paper just for this purpose. Taking and keep' ing lecture notes will be very important. - If you are a kinesthetic learner, that is, if you have a high kinesthetic score, it means you need to involve your body in the process of learning. Take a walk and study your notes on flashcards at the same time. It is easier for you to memorize school work if you involve some movement in your memory task. If several of your scores are within 4 or 5 points of each other, it means that you can use any of those senses for learning tasks. When you are in a hurry, use your best learning styles. When you have extraztime, improve your weak sensory areas. Discuss the results of this test With your teacher 0r counselor. Y0u will develop through conversation other helpful ways to study more effi- ciently. Good luck in your efforts to identify and use a more effective study pattern. M ©l996 Edition, Academic Therapy Publications, 20 Commercial Blvd, Nevato. CA 94949 / Order "905‘2 7.1561 I «gs Place a check on the appropriate line after each statement. 1. 2. 3. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. I6. 17. Can remember more about a subject through listening than reading. I follow written directions better than oral directions. Once shown a new physical movement, I perform it quickly with few errors. I bear down extremely hard with a pen or pencil when writing. I require explanations of diagrams, graphs, or visual directions. I enjoy working with tools. I am skillful with and enjoy developing and making graphs and charts. 1 can tell if sounds match when presented with pairs of sounds. I can watch someone do a dance step and easily copy it myself. I can understand and follow directions on maps. I do better at academic subjects by listening to lectures and tapes. I frequently play with coins or keys in my pocket. I enjoy perfecting a movement in a sport or in dancing. I can better understand a news article by reading about it in the paper than by listening to the radio. I chew gum, smoke, or snack during studies. I feel the best way to remember is to picture it in my head. I enjoy activities that make me aware of my body’s movement. 7 7.175713" Often llllllllllllvl lllHllHllH Sometimes Seldom HHHHHIH ‘Ialfinitnmwwm 18. I would rather listen to a good lecture or speech than read the same material 19. 20. 21. .22. 24. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. in a textbook. I consider myself an athletic person. Igrip objects in my hands during learning. I would prefer listening to the news on the radio rather than reading about it in the newspaper. I like to obtain information on an interesting subject by reading relevant materials. lam highly aware of sensations and feelings in my hips and shoulders after learning a new movement or exercise. I follow oral directions better than written ones. It would be easy for me to memorize something if I could just use body movements at the same time. 1 like to write things down or take notes for visual review. I remember best when writing things down several times. I learn to spell better by repeating the letters out loud than by writing the word on paper. I frequently have the ability to visualize body movements to perform a task, e.g., correction of a golf swing. batting stance, dance position, etc. [could learn spelling well by tracing over the letters. I feel comfortable touching, hugging, shaking hands, etc. I am good at working and solving jigsaw puzzles and mazes. Often Sometimes Seldom s.- . Asmara Scoring Procedures: OFTEN = 5 points SOMETIMES = 3,points SELDOM = 1 point Place the point value on the line next to its corres- ponding item number. Next, add the points to obtain the preferencescores under each heading. VISUAL AUDITORYV TACTILE KINESTHETIC No. Pts. No. Pts. No. Pts. No. Pts. 2 __ 1 _ 4 __ 3 __ 7 __ 5 _ 6 __ 9 __ 10 __ 3 ‘_ 12 __ 13 __ 14 __ 11 ._ 15 __ 17 __ 16 _ 18 ________ 20 '_ 19 __ 22 __ 21 g.__ 27 __ 23 __ 26 _ 24 __ 3o __ 25 _ 32 __ ' 28 __ 31 __ 29 .— VPS = APS = "FPS = KPS = VPS = Visual Preference Score APS = Auditory Preference Score TPS = Tactile Preference Score KPS = Kinesthetic Preference Score How to Use This Information: This form is to be used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools to help you deter- mine some of the ways you are best able to learn. Discuss your scores with some- one who is qualified to interpret them in order to make the best use of the time and effort you have invested. W Dr. Barsch can be contacted at Ventura College, 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003 for more information regarding this survey. ' ' \ in AW Barsch Learning Style Inventory Effective Study Tips You have now completed the Barsch Learning Style Inventory and- have four totals: Visual, Auditory, Tactile, and Kinesthetic. ‘ Primary Visual Learners Those with high visual scores tend to get the impact of material by seeing. the information. This begins the processing, organizing and storage for later retrieval. The following list is essential for visual learners. ' Take good notes in lectures; reorganize them into small cards that can be, 1. carried with you and reviewed at odd moments: Read an assignment for 25 minutes (no more, you lose 85% of your input after the first 25 minutes). When beginning a textbook assignment, first read the summary at the end to get a general idea of the information. Then begin the reading. ' .3. Underline main points in an eye arresting color. 4. At the end of 25 minutes, take a 1-5 minute break. Disconnect totally from your reading - exercise - relax — snack — do that which is comfortable for I you. ' 5. Review your underlined material. 6. Repeat steps 1-5 until reading is completed. . 7. When reading is completed, review from beginning of under ' ed material. Primary Auditory Learners Those with high auditory scores tend to prefer material to which they can lis- ten. The following suggestions are designed for primary auditory learners. 1. Tape your lectures and take your notes from your tape. This gives yon a double auditory input. Some students find that taking notes from the lec- ture interferes with accurately catching all the verbal material. Put notes on cards that you can carry and review them 0in load; 6. 7. Read an assignment for 25 minutes (no more, you lose 85% of your input ent, read the after the first 25 minutes). When beginning a textbook assignm summary at the end to get a general idea of the information. Then begin the reading. Underlinernain points in an eye arresting color. At the end of 25 minutes, take a 1-5 minute break. Disconnect totally from your reading - exercise — relax — snack - do that which is comfortable for you. . Read aloud all underlined material. If you take notes instead of underlin- ing in the book, read your notes aloud. Try to form a study group with classmates. Talk with them about the cen~ tral ideas you discovered in your assignment. Review aloud from beginning of notes. Primary Tactile Learners Primary tactile learners would benefit from finding their secondary learning mode and using the directions for either visual or auditory in conjunction with the following: 1. 2. Auditory or visual number 1. Read an assignment for 25 minutes (no more, you lose 85% of your input after the first 25 minutes). When beginning a textbook assignment, read the summa- ry at the end to get a general idea of the information, then begin the reading. Underline main points in a eye arresting color. ' At the end of 25 minutes, take a 1-5 minute break. Disconnect totally from your reading - exercise — relax — snack— do that whichis comfortable for you. Review your underlined material aloud if auditory is secondary. Using your finger, trace the words you are learning in the air in front of you. Look at the words while you are tracing them. You may wish to learn the alphabet signs used in the American Sign Language for the hearing impaired. These alphabet signs are easy to use and help reinforce tactile skills. ' _ Keep sOmething in your hand that is malleable. Knead or tap to a rhythm (4/4 background music) as you study. As much as is possible, translate what you're [earning into something that can be touched. Typing is help- ful. If possible, type your notes onto cards. 7.15f Primary Kinesthetic Learners Primary kinesthetic learners would benefit from finding their secondary learn- ing mode and using the directions for either visual or auditory in conjunction with the following: , a; 1. Whenever possible, use manipulatives that create whole concepts, includ- ing appropriate games. i .2. Put your favorite music on the stereo, then try to move on the beat and repeat the information you are studying while you are moving with the music. Seek group interactions. Rely on the arts (dancing, singing, poetry, crafts, etc.). Ask for assignments involving experiments and/ or constructing things. Look for opportunities to perform with dialogue and reality-based sets and' costumes. 7. Study and review notes and materials while walking or jogging. 9.01:“? If all of your scores are fairly close, use the methods Outlined for all 4 types of learning styles. All learners will increase their efficiency by learning some simple steps: . 1. Learn a Relaxation Technique. Sit in a comfortable chair and consciously "let go” of your muscles and tensions. Begin to; breathe in and out to the count of four slowly (find your own best rhytlyn). Concentrate only on your breathing process. Do this for five minutes or until you are relaxed. (Inhale four counts, hold four counts, exhale four counts.) 2. Quiet Background Music. Much of our learning has a rhythm that is indige- nous to each one of us. Background music with a 4/4 beat enhances and helps maintain the relaxed state achieved in your relaxation technique. 3. Use Your Olfactory Sense. One of your most primary learning modes is your sense of smell. Studying in an environment that has a pleasant odor (i.e., perfume, peppermint candy, etc.) that can be repeated during exams stimu- lates the recall process. 4. Use Natural Timing. When» studying lists and facts, read them and say them. counting to eight between each input. This allows time for processing and integrating one fact before the input of the'second. 7.1Sg ...
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