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Find Out More: Understanding Each Learning Pattern Score!

Read the description of each Pattern. Note the differences among whether you have a Use First, Use as Needed, or Avoid level of use. Think about how each Learning Pattern affects you.


Use First Sequence (35-25) You typically begin a task by asking, “What are the directions?” or “Can I see a sample or an example of what you want me to do?” You make lists and calendars to display all family activities for the day, week, and month. You can become stressed if plans change frequently.

Use as Needed Sequence (24-18) You find it helpful to plan and make lists but you are not bound by a schedule or concerned when some items on a list are not completed. When Plan A falls apart, Use as Needed Sequence allows you to work with Plan B, C, and so on without being stressed about it.

Avoid Sequence (17-7) You often skip reading and following directions, consciously choose not to live by a schedule, and rarely double-check your work. Directions remain a mystery to you, whether they are written or spoken.


Use First Precision (35-25) You ask lots of questions and want to receive thorough explanations. You can be relentless in seeking information. You probably love trivia—sports stats, game shows, and so on. You measure for exactness and feel good when your work is done perfectly.

Use as Needed Precision (24-18) You can work with the attitude, “What I did may not be perfect, but it’s close enough.” Exactness isn’t always necessary. A few small errors are acceptable and not a big deal.

Avoid Precision (17-7) You don’t pay attention to details and tune out long-winded conversations. “I just let all that information go in one ear and out the other. If I don’t, it just overwhelms me.” Google is your friend when it comes to finding out information only when you need it.

Technical Reasoning

Use First Technical Reasoning (35-25) You use few words (unless you are also Use First Precision) because Technical Reasoning is the Pattern of the fewest words. In fact you can think without words, although you may struggle to find the right words to express your thoughts, especially in writing. You understand and enjoy using tools, gadgets, and technical instruments. You don’t ask for help, and you prefer to work alone.

Use as Needed Technical Reasoning (24-18) You can solve problems given enough time, however, you would rather ask for some help and get the job done more quickly.

Avoid Technical Reasoning (17-7) You feel frustrated when communicating with someone who uses very few words. You feel ignored when watching someone demonstrate what they are doing without explaining it to you.


Use First Confluence (35-25) You think outside the box and take risks. You see life as a great big whole rather than disjointed bits and pieces. You see connections others do not see. You are curious and willing to take risks when trying something new.

Use as Needed Confluence (24-18) You are open to trying new things, but are not the first to volunteer to try something new. You will join in once you see it is safe and fun.

Avoid Confluence (17-7) You think taking risks is foolish and wasteful. You are cautious when making life decisions.

You now have some understanding of how each of your Learning Patterns works within you. This is important information to have, but it is not information that you will want to keep to yourself. You will want to share this information with others such as a potential employer, an instructor or trainer, or members of your family!