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ILS: Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire

Directions: For each of the 44 statements below, select the conclusion that more accurately describes yourself. You can choose only one answer for each question. If both choices seem to apply to you, choose the one that applies more frequently. When you are finished selecting answers to each question, click the "Submit" button at the end of the form.

  1. I understand something better after I
    try it out.
    think it through.

  2. I would rather be considered

  3. When I think about what I did yesterday, I am most likely to get
    a picture.

  4. I tend to
    understand details of a subject but may be fuzzy about its overall structure.
    understand the overall structure but may be fuzzy about details.

  5. When I am learning something new, it helps me to
    talk about it.
    think about it.

  6. If I were a teacher, I would rather teach a course
    that deals with facts and real life situations.
    that deals with ideas and theories.

  7. I prefer to get new information in
    pictures, diagrams, graphs, or maps.
    written directions or verbal information.

  8. Once I understand
    all the parts, I understand the whole thing.
    the whole thing, I see how the parts fit.

  9. In a study group working on difficult material, I am more likely to
    jump in and contribute ideas.
    sit back and listen.

  10. I find it easier
    to learn facts.
    to learn concepts.

  11. In a book with lots of pictures and charts, I am likely to
    look over the pictures and charts carefully.
    focus on the written text.

  12. When I solve math problems
    I usually work my way to the solutions one step at a time.
    I often just see the solutions but then have to struggle to figure out the steps to get to them.

  13. In classes I have taken
    I have usually gotten to know many of the students.
    I have rarely gotten to know many of the students.

  14. In reading nonfiction, I prefer
    something that teaches me new facts or tells me how to do something.
    something that gives me new ideas to think about.

  15. I like teachers
    who put a lot of diagrams on the board.
    who spend a lot of time explaining.

  16. When I'm analyzing a story or a novel
    I think of the incidents and try to put them together to figure out the themes.
    I just know what the themes are when I finish reading and then I have to go back and find the incidents that demonstrate them.

  17. When I start a homework problem, I am more likely to
    start working on the solution immediately.
    try to fully understand the problem first.

  18. I prefer the idea of

  19. I remember best
    what I see.
    what I hear.

  20. It is more important to me that an instructor
    lay out the material in clear sequential steps.
    give me an overall picture and relate the material to other subjects.

  21. I prefer to study
    in a study group.

  22. I am more likely to be considered
    careful about the details of my work.
    creative about how to do my work.

  23. When I get directions to a new place, I prefer
    a map.
    written instructions.

  24. I learn
    at a fairly regular pace. If I study hard, I'll "get it."
    in fits and starts. I'll be totally confused and then suddenly it all "clicks".

  25. I would rather first
    try things out.
    think about how I'm going to do it.

  26. When I am reading for enjoyment, I like writers to
    clearly say what they mean.
    say things in creative, interesting ways.

  27. When I see a diagram or sketch in class, I am most likely to remember
    the picture.
    what the instructor said about it.

  28. When considering a body of information, I am more likely to
    focus on details and miss the big picture.
    try to understand the big picture before getting into the details.

  29. I more easily remember
    something I have done.
    something I have thought a lot about.

  30. When I have to perform a task, I prefer to
    master one way of doing it.
    come up with new ways of doing it.

  31. When someone is showing me data, I prefer
    charts or graphs.
    text summarizing the results.

  32. When writing a paper, I am more likely to
    work on (think about or write) the beginning of the paper and progress forward.
    work on (think about or write) different parts of the paper and then order them.

  33. When I have to work on a group project, I first want to
    have "group brainstorming" where everyone contributes ideas.
    brainstorm individually and then come together as a group to compare ideas.

  34. I consider it higher praise to call someone

  35. When I meet people at a party, I am more likely to remember
    what they looked like.
    what they said about themselves.

  36. When I am learning a new subject, I prefer to
    stay focused on that subject, learning as much about it as I can.
    try to make connections between that subject and related subjects.

  37. I am more likely to be considered

  38. I prefer courses that emphasize
    concrete material (facts, data).
    abstract material (concepts, theories).

  39. For entertainment, I would rather
    watch television.
    read a book.

  40. Some teachers start their lectures with an outline of what they will cover. Such outlines are
    somewhat helpful to me.
    very helpful to me.

  41. The idea of doing homework in groups, with one grade for the entire group,
    appeals to me.
    does not appeal to me.

  42. When I am doing long calculations,
    I tend to repeat all my steps and check my work carefully.
    I find checking my work tiresome and have to force myself to do it.

  43. I tend to picture places I have been
    easily and fairly accurately.
    with difficulty and without much detail.

  44. When solving problems in a group, I would be more likely to
    think of the steps in the solution process.
    think of possible consequences or applications of the solution in a wide range of areas.