Complete this quiz with your child, selecting the statements he agrees with.

1. I would rather read instructions than listen to the teacher explain them.

2. I like having someone explain directions out loud.

3. When I study, I have to take a lot of breaks to get up and move around.

4. I draw a lot of pictures during class.

5. I remember things better if I write them down.

6. I study spelling words by reciting them out loud.

7. Charts, diagrams, and maps help me understand what I’m reading.

8. I can concentrate better if I have a snack when I study.

9. I like to listen to music while I’m studying.

10. I am good at visualizing what I’m studying in my mind.

11. It’s easy for me to remember jokes.

12. I can think better if I tap my foot or play with a pencil.

Submit your answers to find out your child's learning style. Keep reading to learn more about study strategies that build on your child's strengths.

Understanding Learning Styles

Most people use a combination of learning styles but have a clear preference for just one. Understanding your child’s learning style can make it easier for you to communicate with your child and can help reduce frustration at homework time.

  • If your child selected mostly auditory learning statements, he is good at absorbing information from spoken words and may understand instructions better if they are read aloud.

  • If she chose mostly kinesthetic learning statements, she prefers to be active while studying and may not be able to focus while sitting still.

  • If your child picked mostly visual learning statements, he benefits from seeing information on a chalkboard or in an illustration and may grow impatient listening for long periods of time.

Adapted from “Learning Style Survey for Young Learners” by Andrew D. Cohen and Rebecca L. Oxford and “Learning Style Survey” by Maureen McKay | (Learning styles key) Auditory: statements 2, 6, 9, 11; Kinesthetic: statements 3, 4, 8, 12; Visual: statements 1, 5, 7, 10