A learning style assessment is a questionnaire designed to determine a student's preferred learning style. It can be used by educators to develop the most effective learning strategies tailored to a student's way of learning. The assessment is typically based on one of the several different learning style models available, such as the VAK model, Anthony Gregorc's model and David Kolb's model.
Learning styles assessments state that they take into account the differences in the way individuals learn to produce the best teaching methods. Proponents of these assessments recommend that educators adapt their teaching methods in a way that best fits their student's learning style. Critics state that, as of 2015, no studies have shown that students who are taught using these methods have better outcomes.
One learning style's assessment model is the VAK model, which places learning styles into three main categories: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. The visual modality includes pictures, shapes and paintings. The auditory category includes tone, rhythms and listening among its strengths. The strengths of the kinesthetic modality are gestures, positioning and body movements.
Other learning style assessment models include David Kolb's model, which has four categories: accommodator, diverger, assimilator and converger, and Peter Honey and Alan Mumford's model, which includes the categories of activist, pragmatist, theorist and reflector.