Here is a useful
chck list I have adapted from one I found on the web.
This might help
you decide where your natural preferences lie - and also suggest some
activities you can do to develop them!
Copy and past the
list into a word document, then print it out. Tick those statements
that apply to you in each intelligence category.
Use these intelligence
categories to help you understand the types of intelligence you possess
and your strengths and weaknesses. It is not an exhaustive list but
it will give you an idea of the intelligence area that rules your preferences.
Remember, it is 'normal' to have several intelligence areas and all
areas can be developed!
- I engage in at
least one sport or physical activity on a regular basis.
- I find it difficult
to sit still for long periods of time.
- I like working
with my hands at concrete activities such as sewing, weaving, carving,
carpentry, or model building.
- My best ideas
often come to me when I'm out for a long walk or a jog, or when I'm
engaged in some other kind of physical activity.
- I often like to
spend my free time outdoors.
- I frequently use
hand gestures or other forms of body language when conversing with someone.
- I need to touch
things in order to learn more about them.
- I enjoy daredevil
amusement rides or similar thrilling physical experiences.
- I would describe
myself as well coordinated.
- I need to practice
a new skill rather than simply reading about it or seeing a video that
- I get easily
bored in lessons that do not get me up and moving around
- I'm the sort of
person that people come to for advice and counsel at school or within
my circle of friends.
- I prefer group
sports like badminton, volleyball, or softball to solo sports such as
swimming and jogging.
- When I have a
problem, I'm more likely to seek out another person for help than attempt
to work it out on my own.
- I like group
discussion/project work in lessons and for homework.
- I have at least
three close friends.
- I favour social
pastimes such as board or card games over individual recreations such
as video games and solitaire.
- I enjoy the challenge
of teaching another person, or groups of people, what I know how to
- I like preparing
and delivering peer presentations.
- I consider myself
a leader (or others have called me that).
- I feel comfortable
in the midst of a crowd.
- I like to get
involved in social activities connected with my school, church, or community.
- I would rather
spend my evenings at a lively party than stay at home alone.
- I regularly spend
time alone meditating, reflecting, or thinking about important life
- I have attended
counseling sessions or personal growth seminars to learn more about
- I like to do
- I am able to respond
to setbacks with resilience.
- I have a special
hobby or interest that I keep pretty much to myself.
- I have some important
goals for my life that I think about on a regular basis.
- I have a realistic
view of my strengths and weaknesses (borne out by feedback from other
- I would prefer
to spend a weekend alone or just with close family and friends in a
cabin in the woods rather than at a fancy resort with lots of people
- I consider myself
to be strong willed or independent minded.
- I keep a personal
diary or journal to record the events of my inner life.
- I would like to
be self-employed when I leave school or start my own business.
- I like lessons
to give you time to reflect on the material before you are asked to
- I prefer to have
freedom of expression when doing a homework rather than be directed
in exactly how to present my findings.
- I can easily compute
numbers in my head.
- Maths and/or science
are among my favorite subjects in school.
- I enjoy playing
games or solving brainteasers that require logical thinking.
- I like to set
up little "what if" experiments (i.e. "What if I double
the amount of water I give my rosebush each week?")
- My mind searches
for patterns, regularities, or logical sequences in things.
- I'm interested
in new developments in science.
- I believe that
almost everything has a rational explanation.
- I sometimes think
in clear abstract, wordless, imageless concepts.
- I like finding
logical flaws in thing that people say and do at home and school.
- I feel more comfortable
when something has been measured, categorized, analyzed, or quantified
in some way.
- I have a pleasant
- I can tell when
a musical note is off-key.
- I frequently listen
to music on the radio, cassette tapes or compact discs.
- I play a musical
- My life would
be poorer if there were no music in it.
- I sometimes catch
myself walking around with a jingle or other tune running through my
- I can easily keep
time to a piece of music with a simple percussion instrument.
- I know the tunes
to many different songs or music pieces.
- If I hear a musical
selection once or twice, I am usually able to sing it back fairly accurately.
- I often make tapping
sounds or sing little melodies while working, studying, or learning
- Books are very
important to me.
- I can hear words
in my head before I read, speak, or write them down.
- I get more out
of listening to the radio or a spoken-word cassette than I do from television
- I enjoy word games
like Scrabble, Boggle, Anagrams, or Password.
- I enjoy entertaining
myself or others with tongue twisters, nonsense rhymes, or puns.
- Other people sometimes
have to stop and ask me to explain the meaning of the words I use in
my writing and speaking.
- English, social
studies, and history are easier for me in school than maths and science.
- When I am in a
car I pay more attention to the words written on signs than to the scenery.
- My conversation
includes frequent references to things that I've read or heard.
- I've written something
recently that I was particularly proud of or that earned me recognition
- I often see clear
visual images when I close my eyes.
- I'm sensitive
- I frequently use
a camera or camcorder to record what I see around me.
- I enjoy doing
jigsaw puzzles, mazes, and other visual puzzles.
- I have vivid dreams
- I can generally
find my way around unfamiliar territory.
- I like to draw
- Geometry is easier
for me than algebra.
- I can comfortably
imagine how something might appear if it were looked down upon from
directly above in a bird's-eye view.
- I prefer looking
at reading material that is heavily illustrated.