VAR+ Learning Style Questionnaire

What is your learning style?

version 1.0

For each of the scenarios below, indicate how helpful you would find each option.

You need to find out how to make something.
How helpful would each of the following be for you?
Asking questions of someone who knows how.
Watching a video where someone talks you through the steps.
Looking at diagrams and photos showing the steps.
Reading written instructions.
You are planning a trip to an area you have never visited.
How helpful would each of the following be for you?
Looking at photos of the area.
Watching a video of someone reviewing their trip to same area.
Reading an official guide to area.
Drawing a rough map showing your proposed route and the location of the main attractions.
You have packed your bag ready for your first long hike – but your bag is far too heavy! You need to find out about what you need to take and what you can safely leave behind.
How helpful would each of the following be for you?
Studing a graphs comparing the weight, volume and importance of common hiking items.
Studying a photo showing all the things an experienced hiker takes.
Listening to advice from an experienced hiker.
Reading an article about hiking gear.
Making a list of essentials and optional items, showing the weight for each item.
Discussing what you are taking with other hikers.
Someone has asked you to go down to the local store to get a few things. What do you do to remember what to buy?
I picture the items in my mind.
I picture the locations of the items in my mind.
I repeat the list of items aloud.
I write the list of items down, even if the list is very short.
You are investigating the history of the area you live in so that you can help set up an audio-visual display at your library.
How helpful would each of the following be for you?
Taking notes about what you find out.
Comparing historical photos of the area with current photos.
Creating a timeline diagram with drawings or images to indicate important events.
Reading a book or article about the history of your area.
Looking at a historical map.
Talking with older people in your area about what they remember.
Recording stories told by older people in your area and editing these into segments to include in your presentation.
You are investigating future career options.
How helpful would each of the following be for you?
Talking with people who work in the careers you are interested in.
Discussing the options with people who know you well.
Making a list of options with pros and cons.
Reading about the careers you are interested in.
Making graphs that compare the study requirements, salary, and job availability for different careers.
You have the opportunity to work or study for a year in a country you know little about. In preparation, you want to find out more about culture of that country.
How helpful would each of the following be for you?
Watching a video where someone from the country talks about current issues there.
Studying a map of the country.
Listening to some music from the country.
Reading a novel or some poetry by a popular writer from the country.
Looking at traditional and contemporary art from the country.
Reading some online news from the country.
You are going to purchase equipment for new hobby or sport.
How helpful would each of the following be for you?
Asking for advice from someone who is already involved in the hobby/sport.
Looking at photos of the equipment online.
Studying diagrams that show the parts/features/construction of the equipment.
Discussing what you have found out with a friend or family member.
Reading an article that provides advice for beginners choosing equipment for the hobby/sport.
Taking notes comparing the specifications of available equipment.