8. Required Assignment for New Tutors

If you have never done this before, take an online inventory to see which types of intelligence most strongly characterize your personal learning style here or paste the following url into your address bar www.acceleratedlearning.com/method/test_your_style.html

Kolb's Learning Styles. This image shows another way of characterizing learning styles.
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Then read a passage in one of the following:

  • LitStart, Chapter 1, pages 14-25
  • Tutor, pages 19-24
  • Teaching Adults: A Literacy Resource Book, pages 18-28

48 comments:

Catherine said...

The link to "Required Activity: Self Check - Please complete the Unit One: Adults as Learners and Tutors Self-Check by clicking here." is broken. The link seems to have been removed.

Queen Of My Castle said...

I can't say I was truly surprised as to my learning style(s). I rated highly in linguistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal. What did surprise me is that my 10 yr old son came up behind me during the process and actually evaulated me. I was amazed at how well he knew me.

tutorgirl said...

I also was not surpised by the areas I scored high. What did surprise me is that I did not score exremely low in others. (I think of myself as high verbal/low math) When we took another learning style survey at the conference, I was surprised that my levels were not that uneven. I learned that I was not one specific style, but a combination with one slightly higher than others. So I gather that I would learn from a variety of styles.

Biltz said...

I was not surprised by how this test rated my learning style. In fact, I could possibly make the case that the questions are somewhat leading...
In any case, the message I gained from taking the test and reading the section in Lit Start is a good one. I will need lots of flexible strategies to be successful. I think the Lit Start book is great.

BOC said...

This test seemed to be accurate for me. I am totally left brained!

lillian said...

I have always been very logical and people oriented, so I was not suprised.

Pat said...

I am left brained.

jack said...

My personal learning style was interesting,could be helpful in tutoring.

Ms. Ovette said...

Interesting assessment.

Cherry said...

The test was inconclusive for me. I scored "pretty average" in all sections, except musical ability where I scored high. And that was hardly surprising as I have been involved in music all my life.
Like Blitz, I thought the questions were sometimes simplistic. Owning a dog gets you nature points, for instance. Well, surprise!

dianer said...

Writing and rewriting my notes have always worked for me. It keeps the information intact in the long-term memory.
Honestly, it is a lot of work. I did this mostly with my science courses - as most were rote memorization.

Sally M said...

I wasn't surprised by my learning style as I have taken a test like that before. I am a teacher and use multiple styles to aid my studnets and see the value to having multiple styles to help others.

JWKing said...

I'm a definite visual learner--no doubt about it. As a teacher, I tend to present things visually even though I also present in other styles as well. But, I have to admit that when I have a visual in front of me and a student (which is so clear) and they just don't "get it" I am amazed. They look at it and what is just jumping out to grab my attention is not even visible to them! It is remarkable but definitely evidence that there are different learning styles.

JWKing said...

I'm a definite visual learner--no doubt about it. As a teacher, I tend to present things visually even though I also present in other styles as well. But, I have to admit that when I have a visual in front of me and a student (which is so clear) and they just don't "get it" I am amazed. They look at it and what is just jumping out to grab my attention is not even visible to them! It is remarkable but definitely evidence that there are different learning styles.

Mardet said...

This is quite interesting and it is giving me ideas.

Marian said...

The online Adult Learning Styles assignment was a very thorough summary of "what you need to know." My learning style assessment, a mix, was right on the money.

Joyce said...

The online inventory pretty much places me where I think I should be. Knowing that and how my learners are placed influences my tutoring strategies and activities. There may be areas where I am not strong, but that may be where my learners are. I need to adjust as much as possible. On the same token I can use the learner weaknesses as areas for improvement.

Betty Ann Brophy said...

I had taken something similar to this several years ago and the results were similar. My strengths have always been linguistic, inter and intrapersonal and musical. It would be wonderful to have an evaluation like this for our learners.

karenzpt said...

I took the self check and I feel it was right on. Very interesting.

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Lynn said...

No surprises in the inventory. Listing strategies by learning style very helpful and reassuring!

neg said...

I was not surpised by the areas I scored high. Linguistic followed by intrapersonal.

Linda said...

The link to "Required Activity: Self Check - Please complete the Unit One: Adults as Learners and Tutors Self-Check by clicking here." is broken. The link seems to have been removed.

The "Personal Learning Style" was interesting -- not real high on any one thing but definitely low on Bodily/Physical (ha,ha) -- exercise ... bah humbug! :)

Meghan said...

I rated highly in linguistic, visual, and musical. I have always recognized that I do well when I visualize things or write them out in my own words. I need to make sure that I provide many different options for my learner, so I don't naturally skew towards my own preferences.

Danielle said...

I wasn't surprised. I scored all the way in intrapersonal and high in linguistic. My 3rd highest was physical. I like to work out when stressed! Next was interpersonal, half-way. I like to talk, and a very good listener.

SNelson said...

I was impressed in my scores.

RR said...

What an interesting exercise! I had a good idea of what my learning style was but I never knew that it would involve more than one approach. Helping to better understand how I learn better prepares me in getting to know my learner's style.

retirednotdead said...

I have taken several surveys like this over the years and they seem to confirm that I would not make a good scientist...but a people person I am, and I think keeping ones strengths and weaknesses in mind is very important...

Megan N said...

I am intra-personal and linguistic! We took a test like this in school, creativity and connecting with people are definitely my strong points!

Kenneth Zen Bodhi said...

This was great an an eye-opener. Was very interesting.

lizbeth rakaczky said...

I can see how my interactions with my own children are influenced by the strenghs and weaknesses of our personal learning styles.

Locs of Patience said...

I was not at all surprised by my results. Any time I've taken a learning styles test I always score high in intrapersonal, interpersonal and linguistics. Because I am constantly seeking ways to improve my life and those around me I was not surprised that intrapersonal was the highest. The results were highly accurate.

Kim Gerlach said...

I loved this

Steven Thibodeau said...

I was unable to locate the assigned reading at the first Wiki URL so I went to Wiki and read/studied "learningTheory/Adult Learning" At Wiki.

Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

Lyssa W said...

The Learning Styles section or link was very interesting, and reinforced some of the earlier reading. I am also left brained! I too rated high in Linguistic, interpersonal& intrapersonal, physical - but I also rated very high in Naturalistic.

Michelle Walker said...

The Learning Styles assessment gave me more insight on my strengths and areas of opportunities. I believe with having this insight I will be able to better assist others and adapt to their learning styles.

Tony said...

Great. Got it done and am ready to move on. This is exciting.

Roger Innes said...

The results are what I expected really. I learn best from lectures, was always good in math, and learn well from hands on demonstrations as well.

JonS said...

The "online inventory" is overly concerned with selling something. The following link is broken:

http://adulteducation.wikibook.us/index.php?title=Learning_Styles

Susan P. said...

I was unable to make the link but we did a learning style inventory at our orientation. I was not surprised that I was a visual learner but I was surprised that I was so unbalanced...30 visual, 24 auditory, and 16 kinesthetic. I will try to start balancing that a little better...

Wallace West said...

I have taken these type tests before in my college classes and they tell me what I knew. I try to stay balanced in all things but I'm still more of a thinker and doer. Feeling and doing plays a part in my life but I'm a person set on accomplishments whether it's personal or for someone else and don't need recognition. I just want to get it done. Military loved me.

MaShonda Macklin said...


As I stated previously, I can generally learn by all three learning paths, but I had never taken an intelligence inventory before. I was not surprised by the income. I think that an intelligence inventory would be beneficial in preparing for your tutoring session because it would allow the tutor to maybe tailor some of the activities to meet some of the student's interests. If a student is a Naturalistic, then it may pique the participants interest to read activities about nature.

CLC Program Manager said...

I appreciate the suggestion in Integrating Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences to “offer your students a choice in one of the four styles (Mastery, Understanding, Self-expressive, or Interpersonal),…or one from a style they like and one from a style they would normally avoid.” This may lead to the discovery that despite what they think they know of themselves there may be “avoided” areas that are still helpful to explore…and “walking in another’s shoes is usually a learning experience in itself.

Regina Cook said...

A valuable addition to this section: experiential learning.

Pamela Lee said...

Patience is primary when learning the student's learning capabilities/styles.

There is a number of situations that may arise along with a number of solutions or ideas to assist the student/tutor.

MSTATEN said...

From reading "The Adult Learner" in LitStart I understand that I will have to be very observant and sensitive to different dimensions and impairments (if any) to make sure the learner is comfortable

Stacy Bullock said...

I took the online learning styles assessment, which is being emailed to me right now hopefully as I write this. I know that I am strong in Verbal/Vocabulary and I also like to move so will be somewhat Tactile. Sadly, I have no Musical talent whatsoever and I enjoy Nature but am not an expert in any scientific fields, except for massage therapy. (I am a licensed massage therapist). I can't wait to meet my participant and find out what his or her preferred learning styles will be.

Sherry Unruh said...

Knowing how I can relate to my student will be very important. I learn better using the hands on approach but my student may not so I will have to be more versatile. I will use my strengths and improve my weaknesses.