MSLQ

The MSLQ asks you about your study habits, your learning skills, and your motivation for work in your classes. There are not right or wrong answers to this questionnaire. This is not a test. You should rspond to the questions as accurately as possible, reflecting your own attitudes and behaviors. Your answers to this questionnaire will be analyzed by computer and you will receive an individual report with diagnostics and suggestions for identifying your learning style, improving your study habits, improving your motivation, and improving your performance in class.

Part A. Motivation and Attitudes

The following questions ask about your motivation for and attitudes about your classes this semester. Remember there are no right or wrong answers, just answer as accurately as possible. Use the scale below to answer the questions. If you think the statement is very true of you, fill in the circle on 7; if a statement is not at all true of you, fill in the circle on 1.  If the statement is more or less true of you, find the number between 1 and 7 that best describes you. In order to receive credit for completing the MSLQ, you must complete the MSLQ on the op-scan handed out in class. The due date is September 13.

1.  In class, I prefer course material that really challenges me so I can learn new things.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

2.  If I study in appropriate ways, than I will be able to learn the material in my courses.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

3.  When I take a test I think about how poorly I am doing compared with other students.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

4.  I think I will be able to use what I learn in my classes this semester in other courses.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

5.  I believe I will receive an excellent grade in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

6. I'm certain I can understand the most difficult material presented in the readings for my courses.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

7. Getting a good grade in my classes is the most satisfying thing for me right now.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

8. When I take a test I think about items on other parts of the test I can't answer.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

9. It is my own fault if I don't learn the material in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

10. It is important for me to learn the course material in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

11. The most important thing for me right now is improving my overall grade point average, so my main concern in my classes is getting good grades.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

12. I'm confident I can learn the basic concepts taught in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

13. If I can, I want to get better grades in my classes than most of the other students.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

14. When I take tests I think of the consequences of failing.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

15. I'm confident I can understand the most complex material presented by the instructors in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

16. In class, I prefer course material that arouses my curiosity, even if it difficult to learn.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

17. I am very interested in the content area of my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

18. If I try hard enough, then I will understand class material.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

19. I have an uneasy, upset feeling when I take an exam.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

20. I'm confident I can do an excellent job on the assignments and tests in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

21. I expect to do well in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

22. The most satisfying thing for me in my classes is trying to understand the content as thoroughly as possible.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

23. I think the course material in my classes is useful for me to learn.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

24. When I have the opportunity in class, I choose course assignments that I can learn from, even if they don't guarantee a good grade.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

25. If I don't understand course material, it is because I didn't try hard enough.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

26. I like the subject matter of my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

27. Understanding the subject matter of my classes is very important to me.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

28. I feel my heart beating fast when I take an exam.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

29. I'm certain I can master the skills being taught in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

30. I want to do well in class because it is important to show my ability to my family, friends employer of others.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

31. Considering the difficulty of my classes, the teacher, and my skills, I think I will do well in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

Part B. Learning Strategies

The following questions ask about your learning strategies and study skills for this semester. Again, there are no right or wrong answers; just answer as accurately as possible. Answer the questions about how you study in your classes as accurately as possible. Use the same scale to answer the remaining questions. If you think the statement is very true of you, fill in the circle on 7; if a statement is not at all true of you, fill in the circle on 1. If the statement is more or less true of you, find the number between 1 and 7 that best describes you.

32. When I study the readings for my classes, I outline the material to help me organize my thoughts.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

33. During class time, I often miss important points because I'm thinking of other things.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

34. When studying for my classes I often try to explain the material to a classmate or friend.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

35. I usually study in a place where I can concentrate on my class work.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

36. When reading for my classes, I make up question to help focus my reading.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

37. I often feel so lazy or bored when I study for my classes that I quit before I finish what I planned to do.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

38. I often find myself questioning things I hear or read in my classes to decide if I find them convincing.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

39. When I study for my classes, I practice saying the material to myself over and over.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

40. Even if I have trouble learning the material in my classes, I try to do the work on my own, without help from anyone.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

41. When I become confused about something I'm reading in class, I go back and try to figure it out.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

42. When I study for my classes, I go through the readings and my class notes and try to find the most important ideas.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

43. I make good use of my study time for my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

44. If class readings are difficult to understand, I change the way I read the material.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

45. I try to work with other students from my classes to complete the course assignments.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

46. When studying for my classes, I read my notes and course readings over and over again.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

47. When a theory, interpretation or conclusion is presented in class or in the readings, I try to decide if there is good supporting evidence.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

48. I work hard to do well in my classes even if I don't like what we are doing.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

49. I make simple charts, diagrams, or tables to help me organize course material.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

50. When studying for my classes, I often set aside time to discuss course material with a group of students from the class.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

51. I treat course material as a starting point and try to develop my own ideas about it.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

52. I find it hard to stick to a study schedule.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

53. When I study for a class, I pull together information from different sources, such as lectures, readings and discussions.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

54. Before I study new course material thoroughly, I often skim it to see how it is organized.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

55. I ask myself questions to make sure I understand the materials I have been studying in class.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

56. I try to change the way I study in order to fit the course requirements and the instructor's teaching style.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

57. I often find that I have been reading for my classes but don't know what it was all about.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

58. I ask the instructor to clarify concepts I don't understand well.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

59. I memorize key words to remind me of important concepts in class.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

60. When course work is difficult, I either give up or only study the easy parts.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

61. I try to think through a topic to decide what I am supposed to learn from it rather than just reading it over when studying for my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

62. I try to relate ideas from one course to those in other courses whenever possible.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

63. When I study for a course, I go over my class notes and make an outline of important concepts.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

64. When reading for class, I try to relate the material to what I already know.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

65. I have a regular place set aside for studying.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

66. I try to play around with ideas of my own related to what I am learning in my classes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

67. When I study for a course, I write brief summaries of the main ideas from the readings and my class notes.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

68. When I can't understand the material in a course, I ask another student in class for help.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

69. I try to understand the material in class by making connections between the readings and the concepts from the lectures.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

70. I make sure that I keep up with the weekly readings and assignments for my courses.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

71. Whenever I read or hear an assertion or conclusion in class, I think about possible alternatives.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

72. I make lists of important items for each class and memorize the lists.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

73. I attend class regularly.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

74. Even when course materials are dull and uninteresting, I manage to keep working until I finish.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

75. I try to identify students in class whom I can ask for help if necessary.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

76. When studying for my classes I try to determine which concepts I don't understand well.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

77. I often find that I don't spend very much time on my classes because of other activities.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

78. When I study for class, I set goals for myself in order to direct my activities in each study period.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

79. If I get confused taking notes in class, I make sure I sort it out afterwards.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

80. I rarely find time to review my notes or readings before an exam.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me

81. I try to apply ideas from course readings in other class activities such as lecture and discussion.

1.  Not at all true of me 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Very  true of me