Index of Learning Styles

Felder and Silverman came up with a test to determine one’s learning styles. Here are my results after taking the test. Apparently, I’m quite unbalanced.

Results for: Rahul Patwari
ACT 11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 [7] 9 11 REF
SEN 11 9 7 5 3 1 1 [3] 5 7 9 11 INT
VIS 11 [9] 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11 VRB
SEQ 11 9 7 [5] 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11 GLO
  • If your score on a scale is 1-3, you are fairly well balanced on the two dimensions of that scale.
  • If your score on a scale is 5-7, you have a moderate preference for one dimension of the scale and will learn more easily in a teaching environment which favors that dimension.
  • If your score on a scale is 9-11, you have a very strong preference for one dimension of the scale. You may have real difficulty learning in an environment which does not support that preference.

Here are descriptions of what these mean and how to best improve your learning based on your type.

Active learners should look for opportunities to use what they have learned, even if that means just explaining it to other students. Reflective learners need time to study the material by themselves.

Sensing learners like to see how information connects to the real world, so they should look for examples of the information being used, such as case presentations. Intuitive learners look for connections and relationships between ideas. Make these connections obvious to students.

Visual learners obviously like to see diagrams and charts. Concept maps and color coding work well. Verbal learners like to hear the material to understand it.

Sequential learners like material that is laid out in steps whereas global learners need to see the big picture first.

Is it possible to design instruction that caters to all of these? My videos should be a good mix of both. So you should be able to just listen to the video and get the gist of the information. Would that even be effective? Another good study idea, first need to design it though.

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