Assess Your Learning Style

Ever wonder why your friend does great in class, but you don't?  How about wondering why you do well in a marketing (or accounting, or history, or computer, or whatever!) course one semester, but poorly in that type of course the next semester?  It may simply mean that the instructor's teaching style does not match your learning style.  While it would be great if every instructor could tailor a course to suit all learning styles - that is probably a difficult task to accomplish.

The key to being successful in each course is determining your learning style and how to tailor the class for yourself to meet your learning style.

Start by assessing your learning styles.  The site below is one of the best known sites for determining whether you are a visual, aural, reading/writing, or kinesthetic learner, hence the name VARK.  If you have more than one strong learning style, then you would be considered multi-modal.  This site also gives you tips on how to adapt information in a way that meets your learning style.

VARK Questionnaire

When you are done taking the VARK, take some time to explore these other helpful sites on learning styles:

Learning Styles - Penn State University

When you are done discovering your learning style, use the campus resources available to help you make improvements.  Go on to step three.

Third:  Use your resources

Here you will find career exploration resources, learning style tips, study skills links, and university resources to help you.

Contact information:
Seidman Undergraduate Student Services
(616) 331-7500


Page last modified April 14, 2014