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Learning Styles

All learners are not equal. They come from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, have many different experiences and use different methods of learning. Some like to learn from text, while others want visual support and images. Some assimilate information individually while others prefer to work in groups. In the end, the only thing that can be said with certainty is that every individual learns in his or her own way.

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Measuring Learning Styles

The Learning Styles questionnaire was developed after extensive research into how people prefer to engage in learning. It aims to help each person understand their own learning style as well as consider the style preferences of others as they share information and help others learn. We are all teachers sometimes, and this model is used for both our individual learning, and facilitating learning with others. The self-scoring instrument uses 40 pairs of questions to help you develop a personal learning styles profile and determine your own best strategies for learning effectiveness.

The Learning Styles assessment reveals where our general preferences, or natural learning biases, might lie. Although this is far from an exact science, the more we can understand about how we receive, retain, and recall new information, the more intentional we can be in setting ourselves up for success in learning transfer.

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ATT

Step 1: Attending

The Attending category looks at an individual's motivation to learn in the first place.

TRA

Step 2: Translating

The Translating category looks at whom an individual relies on most in managing the transfer of learning.

REL

Step 3: Relating

The Relating category looks at an individual's perception of data or information.

UND

Step 4: Understanding

The Understanding category looks at an individual's preferences for synthesizing data.

Learning Styles Assessment

A Unique Blend of Learning

This assessment measures and provides insight into our Learning Style preferences, made up of 4 steps in the Learning Cycle with sub-categories to further explain our unique blend of learning:

  • Step 1: Attending: Motivation to Learn, our commitment and concentration given to new information
    Telescopic and Wide-angled

  • Step 2: Translating: Making Information Meaningful, who we rely on most to manage our learning transfer
    Dependent, Collaborative and Autonomous

  • Step 3: Relating: Linking Data to Existing Knowledge, evaluating our perception of information and data
    Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic

  • Step 4: Understanding: Using and Applying the Knowledge, how we synthesize and use the information we receive
    Global and Analytical


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Learning with the Whole Brain

While we may have different blends of learning preferences, we all do our best learning when we engage our whole brain. We inherently use different parts of our brain to learn different things, and activate different parts of our brains more readily than other parts as we learn. The important thing to remember is that all of our learning experiences should engage our whole brain to give us the best attention, retention, recall and application.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is understanding Learning Styles important?

The goal with any assessment is to help create understanding and awareness so we can be more intentional to get what we want out of life. With Learning Styles, we can become advocates of our own learning experience, and learn about ways to share information with others in a way that works! By understanding our own learning preferences and the preferences of others, we can ensure we are setting up our learning experiences to support the most effective learning transfer possible. For example, if I know that I am more of a wide-angled learner who will be easily influenced by the environment as I learn, I can create the best situation for me by removing potential distractions (sitting in the front of the room, wearing layered clothing to be able to get warmer or cooler, having a bottle of water, etc.). By acknowledging my learning needs and preparing for them, I can set myself up for learning success.

How and when should Learning Styles be used?

In an ideal situation, Learning Styles would be a foundational tool that would come before any other assessment, training or experience because the information in Learning Styles could be beneficial before we take on new information. For many of us though, we’ve not had the opportunity to start with Learning styles, so the sooner the better is a great rule! If you currently don’t know clearly what your learning preferences are, this is for you!

Learning Styles can be used in coaching, training, employee development, personal and professional development, sales, service, and more, and in any industry or organization no matter the size. Because the usefulness of learning styles extends beyond just the self to effectively facilitating learning with others, it can make a difference in any circumstances where learning transfer takes place.

What is the difference in Learning Styles and the traditional VAK (VARK) models?

Most people are familiar with the traditional Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic (VAK) learning model. Recently, VAK has been modified to include an “R” for Reading and Writing which have been pulled out as separate learning modality from VAK. Historically, reading and writing were included as a part of VAK (reading being both a visual and auditory - when reading aloud - learning activity, writing being both visual and kinesthetic).

It was once thought that each of us had a propensity to V, A or K, but research shows that though we may have a stronger preference for one or two of these methods, our best retention comes by engaging all 3 - seeing it, hearing it, and physically interacting with the new information to make connections in our whole brain!

The Learning Styles model used at Assessments 24x7 includes the VAK model in our Step 3 - Relating, as part of the process to link new data to existing data and helping us to make sense of the information we’ve received. VAK allows us to create relationships that we can use to create short- or long-term storage and recall as well.

Quick to Complete

With an average completion time of 12-15 minutes, every assessment questionnaire is delivered by email link, subsequently generating a PDF report that is automatically uploaded to the member’s white-label dashboard.

Available Languages

Our internationally accredited Learning Styles assessment, and its all-purpose Self report is currently available in 15 languages.

Additional Learning Styles Reports

Learning Styles is available in a combination report with DISC Self, DISC Sales, and DISC Leadership.

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