Honey and Mumford: Learning Style Questionnaire

Measure employees' preferred style of learning on a self directed basis

"Learning to learn is your most important capability since it provides the gateway to everything else you want to develop. How you learn is a key, if not the key life skill." Peter Honey (2016)

The Learning Style Questionnaire (LSQ) has been used extensively within industry and academia for 35 years, to measure learning preferences in individuals (aged 16+). The LSQ was developed by Peter Honey and Alan Mumford and is based upon David Kolb’s Learning Cycle.

The purpose of the LSQ model is to help stimulate individuals to think about the way they learn from their experiences.

The LSQ is a highly cost effective self-development instrument, which promotes better individual and group understanding by revealing how people prefer to take in information.

Thousands of organisations around the world have benefited from staff completing the LSQ by discovering which style of learning they prefer, then attempting to improve less preferred styles.

There are two versions of the LSQ, the 80-item which is the original questionnaire and 40-Item which was developed in 2000. Both are available online or in print. Use the LSQ to:

  • Match learning opportunities with how you learn best – this makes your learning easier, more effective and more enjoyable.
  • Become an all-round learner – this increases your versatility to learn from a wide variety of different experiences; some formal, some informal, some planned and some spontaneous.
  • Improve your learning skills and processes – increasing your awareness of how you learn opens up the whole process to self-scrutiny and improvement.

Learning Style

Type of Learner

Learning preference

Activists Hands on Trial and error
Reflectors Tell me Briefed before proceeding
Theorists Convince me Clarity – Does this make sense?
Pragmatists Show me Likes an expert to demonstrate

Hardcopy Booklets and Books

(Peter Honey and Alan Mumford)

Learning Styles Helper’s Guide