Love of Learning


Love of Learning: Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one’s own or formally; obviously related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows (Source: VIA Institue)
The Noel Strengths Academy defines it this way:
•  Love of Learning is indicated by the frequent mastering new skills, topics, 
and bodies of knowledge 
•  Learning on one’s own or through a formal process of instruction 
•  Related to the strength of curiosity, but goes further to describe the 
tendency to systematically add to what one knows 
•  In touch with one’s best time, place, and way of learning 
•  Eager to share what is being learned with others

Essay on the Love of Learning from  David McCullough.

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance [Paperback]

Josh Waitzkin


VARK Questionnaire (Neil Fleming)

      • Short and reliable. Results are in terms of Visual, Auditory, Read/Write, and Multimodals.
      • Read the FAQs before you begin to better understand the approach of the survey. Then click on Questionnaire to discover your learning preferences. It is easiest to print the score sheet from the site.
      • After completing the survey, you will calculate the results. Follow directions carefully.
      • An explanation of your particular learning style and tips for applying this information to your college studies are found under Descriptions.

Information for auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners can be found at the following sites.

Learning Styles: Learn Effectively by Understanding Your Learning Preferences (Mind Tools) This web site is a bit distracting, but the information includes other types of learners which you may want to look at. Print the handout if the site bothers you.

Photo of a female  student sitting on the grass and reading a bookIndex of Learning Styles This on-line instrument is used to assess preferences on four dimensions (active/reflective, sensing/intuitive, visual/verbal, and sequential/global). (North Carolina State University)

Read the introductory information, check out the FAQs, the click onILS questionnaireTo interpret your assessment results, click onDescriptions of the learning styles.

Paragon Learning Style Inventory A 48-item self-administered survey that provides a very reliable indication of learning style and cognitive preference. It uses the four Jungian dimensions (i.e., introversion/ extroversion, intuition/sensation, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving). (CSULA and State University of New York at Oswego)

    • Click on Take the PLSI. Follow the directions carefully. Upon completion, click on Your Score.
    • For interpretation of your results, click on Descriptions.

Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences This is not a survey. You will find information about multiple intelligences, an important theory that impacts education today. From reading the descriptions, you will be able to determine your strengths, that is, your different forms of intelligence.



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