Determining Learning Style




Question: A friend of mine told me about your Innate Intellect Profile and how it can identify a student’s learning style to reduce learning difficulties and improve instruction. Aren’t there less expensive ways to do this than having a profile done?

Answer: Thanks for the question. There are other ways to determine learning style, but none of them offer such precise and detailed information as the Innate Intellect Evaluation (IIE). Additionally, the profile provides much more information than just someone’s learning style which can also assist someone to understand how the learning environment can improve!

First let me explain why I said that the IIE is more precise and detailed than other methods of identifying learning style:

  • The IIE is objective, rather than subjective. The information you receive will be the same even if you have the IIE done multiple times, because it is a biometric assessment using a factor that is unique to the individual and one that never changes – the fingerprints. The IIE reveals how this person was designed before birth, and reveals this person’s default–the method most comfortable for this person.
  • Other methods of determining learning style either use questions or observation to draw a conclusion. Answers to questions may vary from time to time, based on how the interviewee feels, such as whether he or she feels good or not or how open the student is to the interviewer or interview process. The results may even vary when the interviewee considers different types of learning environments or topics. For example, the student may prefer a hands-on approach for learning to draw or change a tire, but desire a different style for the classroom.
  • A learning style assessment based on observation can vary based on the experience and opinions of the observer and the circumstances present at the time of the observation. For example, in a classroom with a teacher who keeps students on task, the student may appear less distracted and more focused than on a day when the student or classmates are excited or distracted by an upcoming event or when the teacher isn’t up to her usual ability to manage the class. If the observer is biased against or for a specific type of learning, that bais might also sway the conclusions of the observation. Finally, all students have good and bad days, and an observation may vary based on how the student feels at the time of the observation.
  • The IIE provides a numeric value to each learning style, so you can see how each learning style ranks against the rest. That information may assist you to choose a different form of instruction if the student’s primary learning style fails to provide the best instruction. Your analyst or consultant may also provide specific action steps to help you work with each learning style.

In addition to the value of precise and detailed learning style information, the IIE will identify the student’s personality style, which can help tailor information the student needs. For example, a Leader will often be competitive and motivated to push forward, where an Efficient or Flamboyant may be content to do enough to get by or act out to gain attention. The Idealist may hesitate to try something new until he or she knows it well enough to perform perfectly, thus appearing not to readily grasp the concepts. This information can help you find the best motivation to help the student achieve success.

The IIE also lets you know the brain dominance of the student, you so know whether the student thinks more intellectually or creatively and whether the student prefers to process something for a while or act on it quickly. Finally, the IIE reveals which intellects are the student’s strongest, allowing you to pair intellects to improve instruction, such as working with logic and imagination to help a student put together the steps in a process or use fine motor skills and visual observation to draw logic conclusions about behavior. Each of these elements provides a piece of the puzzle that enables the student to achieve academic success.

Finally, you have a certified analyst to help you understand the information in the profile so you can determine which elements of the profile best help you achieve your purpose when you scheduled the evaluation. If you need further assistance, a certified counselor can provide additional action steps and suggest ways to work with school personnel or other professionals to achieve learning success.