Sampler Coaching Course

Take this 54 question quiz and gain valuable information that will help you recognize how you learn best. The tips that follow will enable you to develop strategies to become better organized that are more comfortable and easier to use. Stop trying to force a square peg into a round hole. Learn how you learn best, with out struggling, by using what will work best for you.

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Learning Style Quiz

INSTRUCTIONS: Put a check by each statement that you strongly agree with or that describes you well, most of the time.

  1. ______  I tend to write a lot down.
  2. ______  I hear myself thinking.
  3. ______  I watch TV ads carefully.
  4. ______  Maps are fun to use.
  5. ______  I like to workout routinely.
  6. ______  I like to curl up on the couch.
  7. ______  I have good physical coordination.
  8. ______  I dislike clutter.
  9. ______  I donít like cracker crumbs in bed.
  10. ______  I prefer books on tape.
  11. ______  When shopping, I like picking up things and touching them.
  12. ______  I like listening to talk shows in the car.
  13. ______  Iím a people watcher.
  14. ______  I keep a journal.
  15. ______  When I sit down, I feel the chair.
  16. ______  Comfortable fabric is important to me in clothing.
  17. ______  I gain weight easily.
  18. ______  I sit up straight, and stand up straight.
  19. ______  I like to pet all kinds of animals.
  20. ______  I read aloud preparing for tests.
  21. ______  I usually sit or stand with my shoulders rolled forward, arms crossed.
  22. ______  Lots of things rattle around in my head.
  23. ______  I look for the big picture.
  24. ______  I often make decisions according to my gut instincts.
  25. ______  I like to keep my car as clean as possible.
  26. ______  I can make maps in my mind.
  27. ______  I can hum most tunes in my mind.
  28. ______  I canít sleep in a new place with strange noises.
  29. ______  I make a lot of "to do" lists.
  30. ______  I prefer to listen to the radio for my news.
  31. ______  Itís important to feel physically comfortable.
  32. ______  When introduced to new acquaintances, I repeat the name aloud.
  33. ______  I enjoy reading.
  34. ______  I go to lots of movies.
  35. ______  I can run movies in my mind easily.
  36. ______  I cannot tolerate strange noises my car makes.
  37. ______  Things click into place for me.
  38. ______  I base my first impressions of people on what they say.
  39. ______  I often close my eyes at concerts when I listen to the music.
  40. ______  Iím very intuitive.
  41. ______  I pay attention to my emotions.
  42. ______  I see things in my mindís eye clearly.
  43. ______  I tap my pencil or click my fingers to the beat of the tune.
  44. ______  I spend a lot of time outdoors and like all kinds of weather.
  45. ______  I have to move if someone is blocking my view in a movie theater.
  46. ______  I would rather read the directions, than have someone explain it.
  47. ______  I would rather have some one explain it, than read the directions.
  48. ______  Some people think I talk too much.
  49. ______  Iíd rather play sports, than be a spectator.
  50. ______  I can not sit still for a long time without stretching a lot.
  51. ______  I notice very slight accents right away.
  52. ______  I like to tape lectures, instead of taking notes.
  53. ______  I often find myself tilting my head to one side or the other while listening.
  54. ______  I like seeing my house neat and clean.

What does it all mean???

The previous questions were designed to assess your primary representational system or the most common way you process information. All information that we receive and process comes in three forms. Either it is visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. In other words we either see it, hear it, or feel it. We are bombarded constantly with more sensory information than we pay attention to and have to selectively screen out much of what is going on around us, or we would be on sensory overload. As we do this we naturally develop a tendency to favor one way of receiving and processing information over the other two. This is called our primary representational system, and ití s the one we use the most.

Know your preference for processing!

Knowing your primary representational system can be valuable information to help you learn better and get more organized. For each of the items you checked above, put a V, K, or A according to the key below and then add up the total number of each. The highest number is the category you favor and is most likely your primary representational system. (There are additional methods of determination that are out of the scope of this sampler course to confirm it.) Once you have scored your test, refer to the helpful hints listed in the category you scored the highest in, to find out how you can learn easier, and become more organized.
1. V 7. K 13. V 19. K 25. V 31. K 37. A 43. K 49. K
2. A 8. V 14. V 20. A 26. V 32. A 38. A 44. K 50. K
3. V 9. K 15. K 21. K 27. A 33. V 39. A 45. V 51. A
4. V 10. A 16. K 22. A 28. A 34. V 40. K 46. V 52. A
5. K 11. K 17. K 23. V 29. V 35. V 41. K 47. A 53. A
6. K 12. A 18. V 24. K 30. A 36. A 42. V 48. A 54. V

List your scores below:

V = _______

K = _______

A = _______

About Visuals:

Fifty to sixty-five percent of you will be visuals. As a group, you tend to stand taller and more upright, with your chin sticking out and not down. You tend to be thinner (or obese) and speak faster, louder, and in a higher tone. You tend to breathe higher in the chest and your body movements are tight and jerky. Often you have thin, tight lips. Your eyes look up to the left and up to the right a lot. More than likely you are information people who love to surf the net, read the paper, and go from book, to book, to book. You probably wear pointy shoes, because they look great, even if they are uncomfortable. Your visual preference is indicated in your language by using the predicates listed below.

Visual Predicates:

dark view color observe image frame hazy
flash illuminating light appear sparkling foggy scan
focus foresee illusion illustrate notice outlook reveal
insightful enlightening glimpse gaze glitter murky clear
look picture focus imagination insight scene blank
preview see show survey vision watch bright
visualize perspective shine reflect clarify examine eye
vivid brilliant envision horizon show photographic  

Helpful Hints for Visuals:

About Auditories:

Twenty five to thirty percent of you will be auditory. As a group, you have inconsistent body types and movements, however, you generally have a "telephone" posture with your head tilted to one side, often looking down while you listen. Breathing patterns vary, as does the speed and volume of your voice, but it is usually rhythmic and melodic. Your eyes often dart straight across to the left and right. More than likely you listen to a lot of music and enjoy conversation, spending maybe too much time on the phone. As a kid, you probably had those metal taps put on your shoes and loved them. Your auditory preference is indicated in your language by using the predicates below.

Auditory Predicates:

say accent rhythm loud tone resonate sound
monotone deaf ring ask hear audible clear
discuss proclaim remark listen ring shout speechless
speak talk question amplify frequency screech dialog
musical symphony harmonize listen tell say scream
volume shrill noise rhythm yell told echo
quiet tempo melody        

Helpful Hints for Auditories:

  • Invest in a hand help tape recorder. Use it for reminders, note taking, brainstorming etc.. It will be worth the investment in time saved and great thoughts recorded. Try using it for grocery lists and to do lists. Donít forget to record the things you did do, on a done list, to listen to, as a reminder of how hard you are trying and how much you do accomplish.
  • Keep the sounds around you pleasing and enjoyable. Donít contaminate your space with noise you donít like. It will be too distracting.
  • If you use the computer a lot, get a sound card and a sound software package that will allow you to put whistle and bells on your programs. The different sounds for different purposes may facilitate learning the programs. Create "macros" or short audio pieces to play here and there.
  • Study out loud. Talk to a friend and tell them about what you are studying and what it is you have to remember for the test. If you tell some one about what you are required to know for the test, chances are you will remember it.
  • Get a study buddy. You study half the material for the test and have your buddy study the other half, then you tell your buddy what they need to know and they tell you what you need to knowÖ all over a couple cups of coffee. It works!
  • Donít get caught up listening to music instead of concentrating on what you need to be focused on. Use music as a reward for a job well done.
  • Use tapes and more tapes to keep up with your "reading". Iím auditory and hooray for books on tapes!
  • Sing important information to a favorite tune. Surprising what us auditories can remember when we sing it.
  • If those "old tapes" wonít stop playing in your head, then change the tone of the tapes into a Mickey Mouse voice. Does that help to change the limiting effects?
  • Enjoy conversation when ever you can. You love itÖ you know you do. Itís an excellent way to learn, to stay informed and to network. The more you engage people in conversation the more engaging you become!

About Kinestetics:

Ten to twenty percent of you will be kinesthetic. As a group, you tend to slouch more, bow your head, and roll your shoulders forward. You often cross your arms in front of you and stroke or rub your muscles if you feel stiff. Your eyes tend to dart down to the right frequently and your breathing is low and in the chest. Your body type is soft, full, and rounded with your body movements loose and flowing. You like to stretch often, and change positions frequently, to get comfortable. Your voice is usually low, "airy", slow, and soft. You keep the comfortable shoe merchants in business. Your kinesthetic preference is indicated in your language by using the predicates below.

Kinesthetic Predicates:

touch handle contact shook rub solid warm
cold rough tackle push gentle grasp stress
tangible tension smooth concrete pressure sensitive hold
scrape solid suffer heavy bond tight smooth
flowing cemented worm excited sticky tense loaded
stuck softened toughened unloaded moving standpoint  

Helpful Hints for Kinesthetics:

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