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Learning Styles

What is Your Preferred Learning Style

Active (learn by doing), or
Reflective (learn by first thinking it over)

Sensing (better at learning facts), or
Intuitive (learn by discovering possibilities and relationships)

Visual (learn by pictures, diagrams or demonstrations), or
Verbal (learn by reading or listening to text)

Sequential (learn in logical sequences of linear steps)/ or
Global (learn material almost randomly and then suddenly see the big picture)

Richard Felder, a Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, and Linda Silverman, an educational psychologist, together formulated this model of learning styles, now referred to as the Felder-Silverman model. They identified these four dimensions of learning, suggesting that everyone is a special mix of both styles in each of these dimensions.

The question is: Do you know your preferential style of learning?

To find out, fill in the online Learning Styles Questionnaire, created by Richard Felder and Barbara Soloman. It is a 44-item questionnaire which, upon submission, will be machine-scored and the results returned to you immediately over the Web. The 'X' on the scale indicates your score in each style accompanied by an interpretation of its meaning.

Follow up by consulting: Strategies for Learning with Your Preferred Learning Style.

Updated August 25 2015 by Student & Academic Services

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