website banner 2020 small 


mindconnect selector new

School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory

School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory
View Full-Size Image

Assess academic motivation, learning strategies, and study habits

Age Range
8 - 18 years

Individuals or groups: 20 - 30 minute

Related Products

School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory (SMALSI)

K. C. Stroud & C. R. Reynolds

Measure student learning strategies early and intervene proactively.

Poor study skills, ineffective learning strategies, test anxiety--all of these things impede academic success. And they often go unrecognised until a student enters college and is placed in a remedial program.

 With the new School Motivation and Learning Strategies Inventory (SMALSI), you can now measure the skills related to academic success early in a student’s school career. This allows you to address any weaknesses pro-actively--rather than waiting for repeated academic failures to determine that a student needs help

Assess academic motivation, learning strategies and study habits

Designed for both special and general education students, this new self-report inventory assesses 10 primary constructs associated with academic motivation, learning strategies, and study habits--7 focusing on student strengths and 3 focusing on student liabilities: 

Study Strategies
Note-Taking/Listening Skills
Reading/Comprehension Strategies
Writing/Research Skills
Test-Taking Strategies
Organizational Techniques
Time Management

Low Academic Motivation
Test Anxiety
Concentration/Attention Difficulties

Scores from these scales provide enough information to identify problems that interfere with academic development. An Inconsistent Responding index is also included as a validity measure

Screen individual in just 20 to 30 minutes

The SMALSI is available in two forms. The Child Form (147 items) is for students 8 - 12 years of age; the Teen Form (170 items) is for 13- to 18-year-olds. Both forms are written at a third-grade reading level and can be completed in about 20 to 30 minutes.

And both use a 4-point response scale, ranging from “Never” to “Almost Always.” Scored by hand, Mail-In Answer Sheet, or computer, the SMALSI provides multiple scores, rather than one overall score. The unlimited-use scoring CD (W-398U-3) offers you an efficient and cost-effective way to screen large school populations. The SMALSI audio CD allows poor readers, who are often at risk for academic failure, to complete the SMALSI by listening to test items and then responding.

The SMALSI was standardised on a sample of 2,921 students--1,821 aged 8 to 12 years (Child Form) and 1,100 aged 13 to 18 years (Teen Form)--most from public schools. The sample reflects the U.S. population in terms of gender, ethnicity, and parental education.

Identify and directly target learning strategies

Unlike many other learning measures, the SMALSI does not assess learning styles, preferences, or other process dimensions.

Instead, it assesses the actual strategies students use in learning and test taking--strategies shown through research to be related to academic success. The SMALSI is a quick, cost-effective way to identify students who may have ineffective or poorly developed learning strategies, low levels of academic motivation, attention and concentration problems, difficulties with test taking, or test anxiety. It can be used for the following purposes:

  • Screening in regular education
  • Prereferral intervention
  • Assessing students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, or ADHD

Based on more than 30 years of research, the SMALSI allows you to identify and directly target poor learning strategies. It is the tool that makes early intervention possible.

SMALSI College Form

For Academic Support at College Level

  • Provide academic support for student athletes

  • Screen incoming freshmen to identify weak learning skills

  • Improve remedial and developmental programs

  • Elevate student GPAs

  • Raise graduation rates

The SMALSI College Form is one of the few standardized measures of learning strategies designed specifically for college students. And it's the only one with sound psychometrics, current normative data, and content that's consistent with the academic demands faced by college students today.


Strategies for Academic Success

An Instructional Handbook for Teaching K12 Students How to Study, Learn, and Take Tests

by Kimberly J. Vannest, Ph.D., Kathryn Stroud, Ph.D., and Cecil R. Reynolds, Ph.D.

Whether you're a SMALSI user or not, this invaluable handbook will help you improve student learning strategies and, in turn, academic performance.


Research shows that for many learners study skills make the difference between success and failure. When academic development slows at fourth or fifth grade, it's usually because students do not know how to learn.


This handbook shows you how to identify deficient learning strategies and what to do about them. It presents clear, step-by-step instructional plans, all with examples. These interventions use direct instruction, the teaching model shown to promote the greatest change in student learning. They are "scripted" to insure easy implementation by both novice and experienced teachers.


You'll find strategies for improving study skills; writing and research; reading comprehension; note taking; listening; time management; organization; test-taking skills; test anxiety; attention and concentration; and motivation. Virtually everything you need to improve student performance is within the covers of this book--including supporting materials such as reproducibles, worksheets, sample tests, a daily calendar, and study plans.


If your students are underperforming, this handbook is your next step. It's included in the SMALSI Kits and available separately.

Product Items

SMALSI College AutoScore Test Form (Pack of 5)
Item # MPS03 -W398R
Please log in to view prices!  
Handbook: Strategies for Academic Success: An Instructional Handbook for Teaching Students How to Study, Learn, and Take Tests
Item # MPS03-W498
Please log in to view prices!  
SMALSI Comprehensive Kit (Ages 8-18) 25 Child Test Forms; 1 Set of Child Scoring Templates; 25 Child Profile Sheets; 25 Teen Test Forms; 1 Set Teen Scoring Templates; 25 Teen Profile Sheets; A6udio CD; Manual. Handbook: Strategies for Academic Success
Item # MPS03 -398K
Please log in to view prices!  
SMALSI College Kit (Freshman to Graduate Level) Includes 5 College AutoScore Test Forms; Manual
Item # MPS03-W398X
Please log in to view prices!  
SMALSI Child Kit (Ages 8-12 years) 25 Child Test Forms; 1 Set of Child Scoring Templates; 25 Child Profile Sheets; Audio CD; Manual. Handbook: Strategies for Academic Success
Item # MPS03-398
Please log in to view prices!  
SMALSI Teen Kit (Ages 13-18): 25 Teen Test Forms; 1 Set of Teen Scoring Templates; 25 Teen Profile Sheets; Audio CD; Manual. Handbook: Strategies for Academic Success
Item # MPS03-398T
Please log in to view prices!  
SAMLSI Teen Scoring Templates
Item # MPS03-398E
Please log in to view prices!  
SMALSI Teen Profile Sheet (Pads of 100)
Item # MPS03-398F
Please log in to view prices!  
SAMLSI Unlimited use Scoring CD. Unlimited use. PC with Windows 98, ME, XP, or 2000
Item # MPS03-398U
Please log in to view prices!  


Training Programme 2020

 Training 2020

 Mindmuzik Media is an HPCSA accredited training provider


 The Whartels are here!


Contact  about this new 2019 state of the art Maths programme!


Psychologists and Teachers


 Developed by an Educational Psychologist in South Africa for South African learners;

Underpinned by sound theory and tested in a practice.


Technical Support

Do you need technical support with EAS or Career Mentor?

Contact us via e-mail:


Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Third Edition (ABAS-3)

Widely used to evaluate people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, the ABAS-3 assesses adaptive behaviour in individuals from birth to 89 years of age. It is particularly useful in evaluating individuals with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, learning disabilities, neuropsychological disorders and sensory or physical impairments.

 abas 3 kit web




 Exiting new developments

1.  Values Scale, CDQ, Jung Personality , etc. available online! Click to read more

2.  Mindconnect Selector Insight assessment

    Comprehensive online assessment for with proven track record! Click here to read more


Selection and recruitment

Managerial and professional development

Team profiles

Job level

Cognitively complex positions including professional and managerial


Generalised norm

58 defined norm groups

Establish your own customised company specific norms


Online only, no installation required. Send personalised invitation email to a

candidate and monitor progress.


Generates comprehensive report per candidate

Selector Insight Interview Questions based on test results


45 to 60 minutes



















Operating Hours: 8H30 to 16H30 Monday to Friday

 Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions | 

 VAT Registration Number: 4490199239


Contact Us

Tel       +27 12 342 1606                     Fax           +27 12 342 2728
Cell      +27 76 482 4475                 Alt Fax      086 602 2936

E mail: