Perceptual Learning-style Preference Questionnaire


People learn in many different ways. For example, some people learn with their eyes (visual learners) or with the ears (auditory learners); some people prefer to learn by experience and\or by “hands-on” tasks (kinesthetic or tactile learners); some people learn better when they work alone while others prefer to learn in groups.

This questionnaire has been designed to help you identify the way(s) you learn best – the way(s) you prefer to learn.

Read each statement on the following pages. Please respond to the statements AS THEY APPLY TO YOUR STUDY OF ENGLISH.

Decide whether you agree or disagree with each statement. For example, if you strongly agree, mark:


Strongly agree








Strongly disagree


Please respond to each statement quickly, without too much thought. Try not to change your responses after you chose them. Please answer all the questions and use a pen to mark your choices.

Perceptual Learning-style Preference Questionnaire.







1.         When the teacher tells me the instructions I understand better.

2.         I prefer to learn by doing smth in class.

3.         I get more work done when I work with others.

4.         I learn more when I study with a group.

5.         In class, I learn best when I work with others.

6.         I learn better by reading what the teacher writes on the chalkboard.

7.         When someone tells me how to do smth in class, I learn it better.

8.         When I do things in class, I learn better.

9.         I remember things I have heard in class better than things I have read.

10.     When I read instructions, I remember them better.

11.     I learn more when I can make a model f smth.

12.     I understand better when I read instructions.

13.     When I study alone, I remember things better.

14.     I learn more when I make smth for a class project.

15.     I enjoy learning in class by doing experiments.

16.     I learn better when I make drawings as I study.

17.     I learn better in class when the teacher gives a lecture.

18.     When I work alone, I learn better.

19.     I understand things better in class when I participate in role-playing.

20.     I learn better in class when I listen to someone.

21.     I enjoy working on an assignment with two or three classmates.

22.     When I build smth I remember what I have learned better.

23.     I prefer to study with others.

24.     I learn better by reading than by listening to someone.

25.     I enjoy making smth for a class project.

26.     I learn best in class when I can participate in related activities.

27.     In class, I work better when I work alone.

28.     I prefer working on projects by myself.

29.     I learn more by reading textbooks than by listening to lectures.

30.     I prefer to work by myself.

Self-Scoring sheet


There are 5 questions for each learning category in this questionnaire. The questions are grouped below according to each learning style. Each question you answer has a numerical value.


Strongly agree








Strongly disagree






Fill in the blanks below with the numerical value of each question. For example, if answered Strongly Agree (SA), write a number 5 (SA) on the blank next to question 6 below:






When you have completed all the numerical values for Visual , add the numbers. Multiply the answer by 2 and put the total in the appropriate blank.

Follow the process for each of the learning style categories. Then you are finished, look at the scale at the bottom of the page; it will help you determine your major learning style preference(s), your minor learning style preference(s), and those learning style(s) that are negligible. If you need help, ask your teacher.

Explanation of learning-style preferences

Students learn in many different ways. The questionnaire you have completed and scored showed which ways you prefer to learn English. In many cases, students’ learning-style preferences show how well students learn material in different situations. The explanation of major learning-style preferences below describe the characteristics of those learners. The descriptions will give you some information about ways you learn best.

Visual major learning-style preference. You learn from seeing words in books, in workbooks, on the chalkboard. You remember and understand information better if you read them. You don’t need as much oral explanation as an auditory learner, and you can often learn alone, with a book. You should take notes on lectures and oral directions if you want to remember the information.

Auditory major learning-style preference. You learn from hearing words spoken and from oral explanation. You may remember information by reading aloud or moving your lips as you read, especially when you are learning new material. You benefit from hearing audio tapes, lectures, and class discussions. You benefit from making tapes to listen to, by teaching other students, and by conversing with your teacher.

Kinesthetic major learning-style preference. You learn best by experience, by being involved physically in classroom experiences. You remember information well when you actively participate in activities, fieldtrips, and role-playing in the classroom. A combination of stimuli – for example, an audiotape combined with n activity will help you understand new material.

Tactile major learning-style preference. You learn best when you have the opportunity to do “hands-on” experiences with materials. That is, working on experiments in a laboratory, handling and building models, and touching and working with materials provide you with the most successful learning situation. Writing notes or instructions can help you remember information, and physical involvement in class related activities may help you understand new information.

Group major learning-style preference. You learn more easily when you study with at least one other student, and you will be more successful completing work well when you work with others. You value group interaction and class work with others, and you remember information better when you work with 2 or 3 classmates. The stimulation you receive from group work helps you learn and understand new information.

Individual major learning-style preference. You learn best when you work alone. You think better when you study alone, and you remember information you learn by yourself. You understand new material best when you learn it alone, and you make better progress in learning when you work by yourself.

Minor learning styles. In most cases, minor learning styles indicate areas where you can function well a learner. Usually, a very successful learner can learn in several different ways.

Negligible learning styles. Often, a negligible score indicates that you have difficulty learning that way. One solution may be to direct your learning to your stronger styles. Another solution might be to try to work on some of the skills to strengthen your learning style in the negligible area.