often get asked by students in my Biology 12 class how they can improve
their marks on the tests and examination that they write. They
sometimes tell me how long they have studied, and I am shocked to find
out the amount of time they have spent on learning the material.
I ask them how they learn the work, they give me different responses.
Some students say they read the material over and over again, some say
they write down the important words and others say they tape the
important concepts and listen to this many times. After that I ask them
what their individual learning style is, and I get confused looks.
that reason, I do the Barsch Learning Style Inventory with them, so
can find out their own learning style. This quick inventory asks a few
questions, and the student chooses the responses as honestly as
possible. Then the student finds out his/her own learning style: visual
(by reading), auditory (by listening) or kinesthetic (moving while
For some students, the score
will be obviously in favor of one learning style, but at other times
the score could be equally split favoring two learning styles. What I
really like about this learning style inventory is that once you have
discovered the type of learner you are, you are provided with
strategies you can use to improve the effectiveness of your study.
Visual Learner -
color code notes with a highlighter or use colored pens/pencils
Auditory Learner -
use of audio tapes or cds
- using a computer
click on the following link to find out your personal learning style
and the strategies you can use to maximize your learning potential.
I hope that you end up working
smarter, not harder!
The Barsch Inventory