Barsch Learning Style – Preference Form
Read each statement carefully. For each statement below, give yourself points according to the
5 = Often true; 3 = Sometimes (about half the time); 1 = Seldom or almost never true
1. Follow written directions better than oral directions.
2. Like to write things down or take notes for visual review.
3. Am skillful and enjoy developing and making graphs and charts.
4. Can understand and follow directions on maps.
5. Can better understand a news article by reading about it than by listening to
it on the radio.
6. Feel the best way to remember is to picture it in your head.
7. Grip objects in your hands during learning periods.
8. Obtain information on an interesting subject by reading related materials.
1. Can remember more about a subject through listening than reading.
2. Require explanations of graphs, diagrams, or visual directions.
3. Can tell if sounds match when presented with pairs of sounds.
4. Do better at academic subjects by listening to tapes and lectures.
5. Learn to spell better by repeating the letters out loud than by writing the
word on paper.
6. Would rather listen to a good lecture or speech rather than read about the
same material in a book.
7. Prefer listening to the news on the radio than reading about it in the
8. Follow oral directions better than written ones.
1. Bear down extremely hard when writing.
2. Enjoy working with tools, or working on models.
3. Remember best by writing things down several times.
4. Play with coins or keys in pocket.
5. Chew gum, snack, or smoke during studies.
6. Do a lot of gesturing, am well coordinated.
7. Am good at working and solving jigsaw puzzles and mazes.
8. Feel very comfortable touching others, hugging, handshaking, etc.
Scoring: Add up your score for each section above. The highest total indicates your preferred method of
learning while the lowest score indicates your least preferred.
Section I Visual Learning Style
Total number of Points
Section II Auditory Learning Style
Total number of Points
Section III Kinesthetic or Tactual Learning Style
Total number of Points
Barsch Learning Styles Explanation
CLUES LEARNING TIPS
• Needs to see it to know it. • Use of graphics to reinforce learning – films,
slides, illustrations, diagrams, doodles.
• Strong sense of color.
• Color coding to organize notes and possessions.
May have artistic ability.
• Written directions.
• Difficulty with spoken directions.
• Use of flow charts and diagrams for note
• May be easily distracted by sounds.
• Trouble following lectures.
• Visualize spelling of words or facts to be
• Misinterpretation of spoken words.
• Prefers to get information by listening – needs to • Use of tapes for reading and for class and
hear it or speak it to know it. lecture
• Written directions more difficult to follow than notes.
spoken directions. • Learning by interviewing or by participating in
• Prefers listening to reading and writing. discussions.
• Inability to read body language and facial • Works well in study groups.
expressions • Having test questions read aloud or put on tape.
• Experiential learning (making models, doing
work, and role playing).
• Prefers hands-on learning. • Frequent breaks in study periods. Tracing
letters and words to learn spelling and remember
• Can assemble parts without reading directions.
• Difficulty sitting still.
• Use of computer to reinforce learning through
• Learns better when physical activity is involved.
sense of touch.
• May be well coordinated and have athletic
• Memorizing or drilling while walking of
• Usually involves some kind of movement while
learning, i.e. tapping pencil, shaking foot, holding
Adapted from Scheiber, Barbara and Talpers, Jeanne. (1985). Campus Access for Learning Disabled Students – A Comprehensive Guide.
Washington, D.C. Closer Look.
Developed by Jeffrey Barsch formerly of Ventura Community College, Ventura, California.
Public Domain by permission of author. Adapted for Valencia Community College, 2005 by 1998 by Student Success Program
Barsch Student Reflection #1
1. According to the Barsch inventory, what is your preferred style?
2. The Barsch Learning Styles Explanation shows your strengths and weaknesses as a
learner. List three Clues that describe your learning patterns.
3. Based on you preferred Learning Style, which Learning Tip/s will you use to improve your
learning? List them.
4. On a Scale of 1-5 : 1= none, 2= a little, 3= moderately 4= considerably 5= greatly
Circle the number below that corresponds to how helpful you think knowing your learning
style is to you as a student.
5. On a Scale of 1-5 : 1= none, 2= a little, 3= moderately 4= considerably 5= greatly
Circle the number below that corresponds to how helpful you think the learning tips are to
you as a student.