At this point in your life, you’ve probably taken a good number of surveys about all kinds of things that are meant to help you understand yourself better and make you a more successful person. It may seem a bit daunting to take on a lengthy survey but what you can gain from even a few new bits of knowledge about yourself is worth the effort.

At UIT Startup Immersion, we look for students to be self-motivated and to be able to direct their own learning based on their career goals, wants and needs. But sometimes adult learners don’t know how they learn – until they are in a classroom and realize that they are not “getting it”. This can be incredibly frustrating and can derail their entire plan. We work hard to teach people how to identify what works for them so that they can reach their goals.

If you have never taken a learning styles inventory before, why not give it a try! If you have, it never hurts to know more about yourself to help you move closer to your goals. Here’s a few learning styles surveys that can help you align your learning experiences to your learning style. Remember that most people have a multimodel style of learning, which means that everyone learns in a variety of ways.

VARK stands for Visual, Auditory, Read/Write and Kinesthetics referring to the different ways you absorb and process new information. VARK emphasizes the importance of knowing your learning strengths, not just your learning preferences. There are sections on the VARK website that give you some high level tips and tricks about your learning styles and how you can better manage your learning experiences. There is a small fee for processing your learning style questionnaire, but you can get a lot out of the website without having to pay the fee. Once you get an idea of your learning style, you can also take to Google to learn more about your styles.

Multiple Intelligence Self-Assessment is a free resource that illustrates how you use different parts of your brain. The assessment asks you to comment on how you use your time and is not typical of other self-assessments which ask you to think about an incident or event. There are some good resources on this website to lend suggestion to your learning style based on the varying levels of involvement: Visual, intrapersonal, linguistic, musical and more.

Learning Styles Online is a really comprehensive graph-based inventory that provides a ton of information about specific learning styles including events you may identify with, phrases that may be utilized to showcase a specific learning style, techniques to improve your learning styles and more. This is a bit of a longer survey – 70 questions – but the info you can gain from it is great!

While the notion of learning styles inventories is relatively the same across the board, the output from each survey is a little different. Some use graphs, some use percentages, and some use images to convey your strengths in learning styles. The more surveys you take, the better equipped you’ll be to take on a new learning experience and meet it with success! Stay tuned for part two of our blog series on learning: self-directed learning.

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