Paragon Learning Style Inventory

A Window into Learning Style and Cognitive Preference

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PLSI Student Version


Directions: Please answer the following questions as carefully, honestly and quickly as possible, and remember there are no right answers, only your best answers.

Place your answers horizontally on the answer sheet provided


1.When you come to a new situation you usually

a. try it right away, and learn from doing

b. like to watch first and try it later

19.When your friends disagree, it is more important

a. to help them agree and come together

b. to help them come to the right answer

37.At a party or gathering

a. you do more of the introducing of others

b. others introduce you more

2.Do you think people should be more

a. sensible and practical

b. imaginative and inspired

20.When you get-up in the morning

a. you know pretty much how your day will go

b. it seems every day is pretty different

38.Do you think more about

a. what is going on right now

b. what will happen in the future

3.When you come to an uncertain situation usually trust your feelings more usually trust your thinking more


21.When it comes to using the phone

a. you use it a lot and make most of the calls

b. you use it most when others call you

39.It is more your way to

a. usually show what you are feeling

b. usually not show your feelings

4.Would you say you are

a. a little more serious

b. a little more easy-going

22.When you work on group projects, do you prefer

a. helping make sure the project gets done & works

b. helping come up with the ideas and plans

40.You are the kind of person who

a. needs to have things a certain way

b. does it any old way

5.Do you spend most of your time

a. often in bigger groups and seldom alone

b. in smaller groups or alone

23.Others often describe you as a

a. warm-hearted person

b. cool-headed person

41.When you get done with an assignment

a. you feel like showing it to someone

b. you like to keep it to yourself

6.It is better to

a. be able to accept things

b. want to change things


24.Which is more your way

a. to "do the right thing"

b. to "just do it"

42.Things would be better if people were

a. more realistic

b. more imaginative

7.Is it worse to do

a.mean things

b.unfair things

25.When you talk to strangers youíve just met you

a. talk pretty easily and at length

b. run out of things to say pretty quickly

43.Would you say you are more concerned with

a. being appreciated by others

b. achieving something important

8.Do you prefer when things are

a. planned and structured

b. spontaneous and unplanned

26.When it comes to work you

a. prefer steady effort and a regular routine

b. work in spurts, really "on" then really "off"

44.It is better that people

a. know what they want

b. keep an open-mind

9.After a day spent with a lot of people do you

a. feel energized and stimulated

b. feel drained and like being alone


27.Is it worse to be

a. too critical

b. too emotional

45.Friday night after a long week you usually

a. feel like going to a party or going out

b. feel like renting a movie or relaxing

10. When you need to get something important done, you prefer to††

a. do it the way that has worked before

b. do it a new way that you just thought of

28.Would you rather have things

a. finished and decided

b. open to change

46.When you do a job, itís usually your approach to

a. start from the beginning, and go step-by-step

b. start anywhere, and figure it out as you go

11.Which is a bigger compliment?

a. "he/she is really nice"

b. "he/she is really smart"

29.When it comes to news at school, you seem

a. to find it out quickly

b. to be one of the last to know

47.When you tell a story, you mostly talk about

a. how the people involved were affected

b. what went on in general

12.When it comes to time, are you more likely to

a. usually be on time

b. be pretty flexible


30.Are you more likely to trust

a. your experience

b. your hunches

48.You feel most comfortable when things are

a. planned and you know what to expect

b. unplanned and flexible

13.When you are in a group do you usually

a. do a lot of the talking

b. mostly listen and talk a little

31.I prefer teachers who are more

a. caring and supportive

b. knowledgeable and expect a lot

49. Most people describe you as more

a. energetic and talkative

b. calm and a good listener

14.Are you more interested in

a. what really is

b. what can be

32.Is it more your way to

a. finish one project before you start a new one

b. have lots of projects going at once

50. When you are asked to make up a story

a. You tend to use people and places that you already know

b. It is pretty easy for you to come up with original ideas

15.When you look at two things, you mostly notice

a. how they are the same

b. how they are different


33.Which is more true of you? do you

a. too often act and talk without thinking much first

b. spend too much time thinking and not enough doing

51. When you get in an argument, you usually feel

a. kind of bad because feelings get hurt

b. like sometimes it is important to stick to your position

16.Do you tend to get along better with

a. people who are a lot like you

b. lots of different types of people

34.Games would be more fair if people

a. would just follow the rules

b. would just use "good sportsmanship"

52. For most tasks you do everyday

a. you find a system that you use pretty consistently

b. you often try different ways of doing them

17.Most other people seem to see you as

a. kind of out-going

b. kind of shy and reserved

35.Is it usually easier for you to tell

a. how someone else is feeling

b. what someone else is thinking



18.When it comes to work that is very exact or detailed

a. it comes pretty easily to you

b. you tend to lose interest in it quickly

36.Which is the more useful ability

a. to be able to organize and plan

b. to be able to adapt and make do