Learning Styles Evaluation

It is important to remember that a person's learning style can change over time, so you'll want to avoid the temptation to label yourself or your child as an outcome of using this tool. Instead, use this as a jumping-off point for more deeply exploring the gifts you each bring to the world.

Instructions: Read through the following list of characteristics and place a check beside those that you feel are true for your child. When you have finished, refer to the Scoring Key at the end of this evaluation.

___ 1. Likes to write

___ 2. Spins tall tales or tells jokes and stories

___ 3. Has a good memory for names, places, dates or trivia

___ 4. Enjoys reading books in his/her spare time

___ 5. Spells words accurately and easily

___ 6. Appreciates nonsense rhymes and tongue twisters

___ 7. Likes doing crossword puzzles or playing games such as Scrabble or Anagrams

___ 8. Computes arithmetic problems quickly in his/her head

___ 9. Enjoys using computers

___ 10. Asks questions like "Where does the universe end?", "What happens after we die?" and "When did time begin?"

___ 11. Plays chess, checkers, or other strategy games, and wins

___ 12. Reasons things out logically and clearly

___ 13. Devises experiments to test out things he/she doesn't understand

___ 14. Spends lots of time working on logic puzzles such as Rubik's cube

___ 15. Spends free time engaged in art activities

___ 16. Reports clear visual images when thinking about something

___ 17. Easily reads maps, charts and diagrams

___ 18. Draws accurate representations of people or things

___ 19. Likes it when you show movies, slides, or photographs

___ 20. Enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles or mazes

___ 21. Daydreams a lot

___ 22. Plays a musical instrument

___ 23. Remembers melodies or songs

___ 24. Tells you when a musical note is off-key

___ 25. Needs to have music on in order to study

___ 26. Collects records or tapes

___ 27. Sings songs to him/herself

___ 28. Keeps time rhythmically to music

___ 29. Does well in competitive sports

___ 30. Moves, twitches, taps, or fidgets while sitting in a chair

___ 31. Engages in physical activities such as swimming, biking, or skateboarding

___ 32. Needs to touch people when he/she talks to them

___ 33. Enjoys scary amusement rides

___ 34. Demonstrates skill in a craft like woodworking, sewing, or carving

___ 35. Cleverly mimics other people's gestures, mannerisms, or behaviors

___ 36. Has lots of friends

___ 37. Socializes a great deal in groups or around the neighborhood

___ 38. Seems to be "street smart"

___ 39. Gets involved in group activities

___ 40. Serves as the "family mediator" when disputes arise

___ 41. Enjoys playing group games with other children

___ 42. Has a lot of empathy for the feelings of others

___ 43. Displays a sense of independence or a strong will

___ 44. Reacts with strong opinions when controversial topics are being discussed

___ 45. Seems to live in his/her own private, inner world

___ 46. Likes to be alone to pursue some personal interest, hobby or project

___ 47. Seems to have a deep sense of self-confidence

___ 48. Marches to the beat of a different drummer in style of dress, behavior, or general attitude

___ 49. Motivates him/herself to do well on independent-study projects


Scoring Key:

Count up all the checks in questions 1-7; this is your Linguistic score.

Count up all the checks in questions 8-14; this is your Logical-Mathematical score.

Count up all the checks in questions 15-21; this is your Spatial score.

Count up all the checks in questions 22-28; this is your Musical score.

Count up all the checks in questions 29-35; this is your Bodily-Kinesthetic score.

Count up all the checks in questions 36-42; this is your Interpersonal score.

Count up all the checks in questions 43-49; this is your Intrapersonal score.

___ Linguistic

___ Logical-Mathematical

___ Spatial

___ Musical

___ Bodily-Kinesthetic

___ Interpersonal

___ Intrapersonal

If the scores tend to be evenly distributed among all of these areas, this means that your child does not rely upon one distinct approach to learning, but can learn in many different ways, and could benefit from a variety of approaches.

If the scores tend to focus in one or more specific areas, your child tends to rely upon a distinct approach to learning, and may benefit from a learning approach that is most compatible with these learning styles.