Activity: Barsch Inventory

Results:

Instructions: The Barsch Inventory consists of 32 questions that take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. When considering each statement, base your answers on your actual learning preferences and not upon areas of strength that you would like to develop.
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1
I follow written directions better than oral directions.

2
I enjoy perfecting a movement in a sport or in dancing.

3
I learn to spell better by repeating the letters out loud than by writing the word on paper.

4
I am skillful with and enjoy developing and making graphs and charts.

5
I enjoy activities that make me aware of my body’s movement.

6
I enjoy working with tools.

7
I feel the best way to remember is to picture it in my head.

8
I grip objects in my hands during learning.

9
I like to obtain information on an interesting subject by reading relevant materials.

10
I can remember more about a subject through listening than reading.

11
I could learn spelling well by tracing over the letters.

12
I chew gum, smoke, or snack during studies.

13
It would be easy for me to memorize something if I could just use body movements at the same time.

14
I like to write things down or take notes for visual review.

15
I can tell if sounds match when presented with pairs of sounds.

16
I bear down extremely hard with a pen or pencil when writing.

17
Once shown a new physical movement, I perform it quickly with few errors.

18
I feel comfortable touching, hugging, shaking hands, etc.

19
I would rather listen to a good lecture or speech than read the same material in a textbook.

20
I would prefer listening to the news on the radio rather than reading about it in the newspaper.

21
I frequently have the ability to visualize body movements to perform a task, e.g., correction of a golf swing, batting stance, dance position, etc.

22
I can understand and follow directions on maps.

23
I can better understand a news article by reading about it in the paper than by listening to the radio.

24
I remember best when writing things down several times.

25
I frequently play with coins or keys in my pocket.

26
I do better at academic subjects by listening to lectures and tapes.

27
I am highly aware of sensations and feelings in my hips and shoulders after learning a new movement or exercise.

28
I follow oral directions better than written ones.

29
I am good at working and solving jigsaw puzzles and mazes.

30
I require explanations of diagrams, graphs, or visual directions.

31
I can watch someone do a dance step and easily copy it myself.

32
I consider myself an athletic person.

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