Cognitive, Learning, and Personality Styles
Being a successful student involves knowing who you are as a learner. The assessments on this page are designed to help you discover more about yourself. These are not tests. There are no right or wrong answers. Be thoughtful and honest, and discover more about what makes you who you are.
A learning style refers to the way we prefer to get information from our environment. Nobody is exclusively one way or another, but many of us do have strong preferences. Understanding this can help us make adjustments if information is presented in a way that is different from our predominant style.
A cognitive style refers to the way we are hard-wired biologically to respond to different kinds of environmental stimuli. For example, biologically insensitive people need more stimulation in order to feel engaged. A biologically sensitive person may become easily overwhelmed if there is too much stimulation. These are important considerations because knowing your style can help you prepare for a class, job, vacation, etc., that may tax your coping skills.
Personality assessments measure aspects of our personalities that help us gain more understanding about how we function in different situation. These assessments are often a component of career exploration tools and can guide you to a career path and major that are a good fit for your specific strengths.