My Learning Styles (VARK) ’16


In today’s daily prompt, we are asked our learning styles. If we prefer learning in a group and interactive setting or one-on-one. If we retain information better through lectures, or visuals, or just by simply reading books.


I took a test called VARK, that tests your study and learning personalities. Below are the results.

Your scores were:

  • Visual 7
  • Aural 9
  • Read/Write 11
  • Kinesthetic 11

 Kinesthetic Strategies

Key words:
senses, practical exercises, examples, cases, trial and error.

Description:

This preference uses your experiences and the things that are real even when they are shown in pictures and on screens.
 If you have a strong Kinesthetic preference for learning you should use some or all of the following:

INTAKE

To take in the information:

  • all your senses – sight, touch, taste, smell, hearing …
  • laboratories
  • field trips
  • field tours
  • examples of principles
  • lecturers who give real-life examples
  • applications
  • hands-on approaches (computing)
  • trial and error
  • collections of rock types, plants, shells, grasses…
  • exhibits, samples, photographs…
  • recipes – solutions to problems, previous exam papers

 To make a learnable package:

Convert your “notes” into a learnable package by reducing them (3:1)

  • Your lecture notes may be poor because the topics were not ‘concrete’ or ‘relevant’.
  • You will remember the “real” things that happened.
  • Put plenty of examples into your summary. Use case studies and applications to help with principles and abstract concepts.
  • Talk about your notes with another “K” person.
  • Use pictures and photographs that illustrate an idea.
  • Go back to the laboratory or your lab manual.
  • Recall the experiments, field trip…

OUTPUT

To perform well in any test, assignment or examination:

  • Write practice answers, paragraphs…
  • Role play the exam situation in your own room.

Read/Write Strategies

Key words:

lists, notes and text in all its formats and whether in print or online.

Description:

This preference uses the printed word as the most important way to convey and receive information.

If you have a strong preference for learning by Reading and Writing (R & W) learning you should use some or all of the following:


INTAKE

To take in the information:

  • lists
  • headings
  • dictionaries
  • glossaries
  • definitions
  • handouts
  • textbooks
  • readings – library
  • notes (often verbatim)
  • teachers who use words well and have lots of information in sentences and notes
  • essays
  • manuals (computing and laboratory)

SWOT – Study without tears

To make a learnable package:

Convert your “notes” into a learnable package by reducing them (3:1)

  • Write out the words again and again.
  • Read your notes (silently) again and again.
  • Rewrite the ideas and principles into other words.
  • Organize any diagrams, graphs … into statements, e.g. “The trend is…”
  • Turn reactions, actions, diagrams, charts and flows into words.
  • Imagine your lists arranged in multiple choice questions and distinguish each from each.

OUTPUT

To perform well in any test, assignment or examination:

  • Write exam answers.
  • Practice with multiple choice questions.
  • Write paragraphs, beginnings and endings.
  • Write your lists (a,b,c,d,1,2,3,4). 
  • Arrange your words into hierarchies and points.

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