How will you use the learning style inventory to become an active, strategic, self-regulated, independent, and motivated learner?

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The Learning Style Inventory can be a useful tool for students, as it helps them identify the ways in which they most prefer to learn. Being an active and self-regulated learner means taking charge of one's own learning and accepting the responsibility for learning in whatever way works best. A strategic learner is also independent, because they are able to address the content in the most suitable way for them, which in turn leads to a higher rate of success and deeper understanding.

After taking a Learning Style Inventory, you will probably be given a list of your preferred learning styles. One popular example (the VARK model; check the link below for more details) sorts people in four categories: Visual, Auditory/Listening, Reading/Writing, and Kinesthetic. It's important to remember that all people benefit from learning in every style, regardless of which one is their strongest. We can build skills in each of these areas through practice. However, we often find it easiest to retain information if it is presented in our preferred style.

For example, a visual learner might learn most effectively by creating a graph or drawing to help them organize information learned. An auditory learner would benefit most from listening to a lecture or reciting out loud. Reading/writing learners get most from a paragraph or written question-and-response worksheets. Kinesthetic learners need movement in order to fully retain information, so incorporating hand movements or gestures into the learning environment can help make information stick.

Based on the results of your learning style inventory, you can pick strategies that will best work for you.

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