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
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.
2. If I study in appropriate ways, than
I will be able to learn the material in my courses.
3. When I take a test I think about
how poorly I am doing compared with other students.
4. I think I will be able to use what
I learn in my classes this semester in other courses.
5. I believe I will receive an excellent
grade in my classes.
6. I'm certain I can understand the most difficult
material presented in the readings for my courses.
7. Getting a good grade in my classes is the
most satisfying thing for me right now.
8. When I take a test I think about items
on other parts of the test I can't answer.
9. It is my own fault if I don't learn the
material in my classes.
10. It is important for me to learn
the course material in my classes.
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.
12. I'm confident I can learn the basic concepts
taught in my classes.
13. If I can, I want to get better grades
in my classes than most of the other students.
14. When I take tests I think of the
consequences of failing.
15. I'm confident I can understand the most
complex material presented by the instructors in my classes.
16. In class, I prefer course material that
arouses my curiosity, even if it difficult to learn.
17. I am very interested in the content area
of my classes.
18. If I try hard enough, then I will understand
19. I have an uneasy, upset feeling when I
take an exam.
20. I'm confident I can do an excellent job
on the assignments and tests in my classes.
21. I expect to do well in my classes.
22. The most satisfying thing for me in my
classes is trying to understand the content as thoroughly as
23. I think the course material in my classes
is useful for me to learn.
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.
25. If I don't understand course material,
it is because I didn't try hard enough.
26. I like the subject matter of my classes.
27. Understanding the subject matter of my
classes is very important to me.
28. I feel my heart beating fast when I take
29. I'm certain I can master the skills being
taught in my classes.
30. I want to do well in class because it
is important to show my ability to my family, friends employer
31. Considering the difficulty of my classes,
the teacher, and my skills, I think I will do well in my classes.
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
32. When I study the readings for my classes,
I outline the material to help me organize my thoughts.
33. During class time, I often miss important
points because I'm thinking of other things.
34. When studying for my classes I often try
to explain the material to a classmate or friend.
35. I usually study in a place where I can
concentrate on my class work.
36. When reading for my classes, I make up
question to help focus my reading.
37. I often feel so lazy or bored when I study
for my classes that I quit before I finish what I planned to
38. I often find myself questioning things
I hear or read in my classes to decide if I find them convincing.
39. When I study for my classes, I practice
saying the material to myself over and over.
40. Even if I have trouble learning the material
in my classes, I try to do the work on my own, without help
41. When I become confused about something
I'm reading in class, I go back and try to figure it out.
42. When I study for my classes, I go through
the readings and my class notes and try to find the most important
43. I make good use of my study time for my
44. If class readings are difficult to understand,
I change the way I read the material.
45. I try to work with other students from
my classes to complete the course assignments.
46. When studying for my classes, I read my
notes and course readings over and over again.
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.
48. I work hard to do well in my classes even
if I don't like what we are doing.
49. I make simple charts, diagrams, or tables to
help me organize course material.
50. When studying for my classes, I often
set aside time to discuss course material with a group of students
from the class.
51. I treat course material as a starting
point and try to develop my own ideas about it.
52. I find it hard to stick to a study schedule.
53. When I study for a class, I pull together
information from different sources, such as lectures, readings
54. Before I study new course material
thoroughly, I often skim it to see how it is organized.
55. I ask myself questions to make sure I
understand the materials I have been studying in class.
56. I try to change the way I study in order to
fit the course requirements and the instructor's teaching style.
57. I often find that I have been reading
for my classes but don't know what it was all about.
58. I ask the instructor to clarify concepts I
don't understand well.
59. I memorize key words to remind me of important
concepts in class.
60. When course work is difficult, I either give
up or only study the easy parts.
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.
62. I try to relate ideas from one course
to those in other courses whenever possible.
63. When I study for a course, I go over my
class notes and make an outline of important concepts.
64. When reading for class, I try to relate
the material to what I already know.
65. I have a regular place set aside for
66. I try to play around with ideas of my
own related to what I am learning in my classes.
67. When I study for a course, I write
brief summaries of the main ideas from the readings and my class
68. When I can't understand the material in
a course, I ask another student in class for help.
69. I try to understand the material in class
by making connections between the readings and the concepts
from the lectures.
70. I make sure that I keep up with the weekly
readings and assignments for my courses.
71. Whenever I read or hear an assertion or
conclusion in class, I think about possible alternatives.
72. I make lists of important items for each
class and memorize the lists.
73. I attend class regularly.
74. Even when course materials are dull and
uninteresting, I manage to keep working until I finish.
75. I try to identify students in class whom
I can ask for help if necessary.
76. When studying for my classes I try to
determine which concepts I don't understand well.
77. I often find that I don't spend very much
time on my classes because of other activities.
78. When I study for class, I set goals for
myself in order to direct my activities in each study period.
79. If I get confused taking notes in class, I
make sure I sort it out afterwards.
80. I rarely find time to review my notes or
readings before an exam.
81. I try to apply ideas from course readings in
other class activities such as lecture and discussion.