Analysis: The VARK

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Vark Analysis Paper
The VARK (visual, aural, read/write, kinesthetic) questionnaire is a guide to learning styles, an assessment of how one learns best. It was designed by Neil Fleming in 1987. It is a sixteen question assessment that provides those who take it with a specific profile of their learning style or styles including a score. There are four scores that can give a person up to five study strategies: multimodal, visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic. (Fleming, 2011 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)). A person’s preferred modality may be a combination of two or more types which is called multimodal (Fleming, 2011 FAQs). After the scores are tallied, it will tell the person where they fall within the five study strategies. VARK provides an analysis of each person’s results by identifying the preferred modality and one of the five listed above (Fleming, 2011 Help sheets). A person’s preferred modality may be a combination of two or more types which is called multimodal, the most common at around 60% (Fleming, 2011 FAQs). This paper will discuss this nurse’s results of the VARK questionnaire, preferred learning styles compared with the learning styles identified, and changes that will be made to improve one’s study habits. The VARK analysis of this nurse’s answers identified this nurse as multimodal with a strong emphasis in kinesthetic and read/write. Fleming stated that those who are multifocal in their preference can be more flexible of how one takes in and gives out information (Fleming, 2011 FAQs). However, multimodal persons may need sensory input and outflow through two, three, or all four modes before one is satisfied that they have learned the material or understand it (Fleming, 2011 FAQs). This nurse is not surprised by the results as she has the tendency to use the kinesthetic and read/write modalities in most ways that she learns. She scored highest in kinestethics and agrees that doing things ‘hands on’ provides this nurse to...
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