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Learning Styles Indicator – LSI

Learning is at the heart of both education and working life. Whether in formal education or not, learning through work or just wanting to make the most of the development opportunities that experience offers us, an appreciation of our individual learning styles ensures that we get the most from our learning opportunities.

Based on the model of Psychological Type, the LSI offers both an understanding of personal preferences and a practical model for developing learning experiences. It divides individual preferences into the Activator, Innovator, Clarifier and Explorer.

Reports encourage the learner to reflect on their preferred style and consider how they can remain effective learners in environments that do not match their preferences. Tutors can use the information to tailor their courses to ensure maximum learning and student retention.

Benefits of LSI:

The Learning Style Indicator (LSI) is an innovative assessment tool offering you:

  • short completion times without compromising reliability;
  • attractive design to aid motivation and completion;
  • unique normative approach to identifying clarity of preference;
  • Proven links to established Type assessments.

Learning Styles

Have you ever wondered why some lectures or lessons really grab your interest and others leave you cold? How interested you are in the subject will obviously play a part, but learning styles are just as important.

Learning is often described as a cycle. Many popular models have described four stages or preferences in this cycle. Theories of learning styles are based on the belief that people differ in how comfortable they are with different stages of the learning process. Put simply, different people learn in different ways!

Learning styles – Why understanding is important

The theory of learning styles tells us that learning should be maximised when the way in which we are taught matches our preferred style. When learning experiences do not match our preferred style we find learning more difficult or incomplete.

Understanding your learning styles therefore helps you to:

  • recognise the ‘style’ of different learning situations
  • maximise learning when your preferred style matches the learning environment
  • recognise learning environments that you may find difficult
  • develop strategies to help deal with difficult learning environments
  • shape your personal learning environments and strategies to make learning most effective

Remember, we can all learn in all environments. Sometimes we just need to do things a bit differently or be prepared to work a little harder!

Learning to work with others

Learning is an essential part of many modern jobs. Learning styles therefore tell us something very important about how we approach work and how we work with others with different styles. Remember, the ability to work constructively with others is a skill valued very highly by many top organisations.

Learning styles – Becoming a better learner and beyond

Developing your style of learning to cope with different environments takes time and effort, but is an essential skill for both your academic study and career development. Try the following:

  • Identify the ‘style‘ of different learning environments you experience
  • Work on the development suggestions in the learning styles reports
  • When starting new learning tasks, think about what styles will be most productive – don’t just use your preferred style
  • When working in groups, think about how each person contributes in terms of their learning style
  • Think about your learning style in group tasks – what effect does this have on others?

Beyond individual learning preferences

The LSI is far more than just an indicator of learning preferences. Being based on the model of Psychological Type the LSI can be used to:

  • encourage consideration of how preference affects how we communicate and appreciate the communication of others
  • understand how preference can be used to enhance team-work through appreciating others’ natural contributions and capitalising on these
  • develop meta-learning strategies and encourage the development of greater flexibility through working outside of preference
  • help educators and trainers map the learning preferences of their groups, and structure learning environments and experiences to capitalise on natural preferences

Click here if you wish to take the Learning Styles Indicator – LSI Test

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