Analysis of VARK learning strategies
Grand Canyon University
Learning styles and techniques differ for each person based on their capability to analyze process and memorize information. VARK is a model that provides insight on an individual’s learning styles. The model VARK developed by Neil Fleming and Charles Bonwell gives a summary of the preferential methods to understand and produce output of the data learned. According to the model the four different methods of learning are Visual, Aural, Reading and writing, and Kinesthetic, which defines the acronyms for the model itself. Read/Write method was scored the highest but only with a mild preference based on the results of the sixteen VARK questionnaires. The questionnaire summarized a score of Read-write: twelve, Aural and Kinesthetic: 7 and Visual: 2. Despite the result, that shows read-write enjoying a top position of the hierarchy, an individual can be multimodal with the use of other methods of learning such as aural and kinesthetic, which also proves to be efficient in the process of learning.
Read-write is the predominant way of learning mode in most of the traditional school and university setting. It involves steps where learners choose to write out notes again in formats they understand better. These learners remember materials by writing it over and over again for a prolonged period of time. They use the combination of lecture notes, material handouts, and textbook notes which they tend to reword it according to their understanding. Rewriting information into one’s own words is important to them for the purpose of understanding the information and retaining it at the same time. The learners also pay close attention on verbal analysis of diagrams and charts for further clarification. According to an article by the Oregon State University on VARK, the read-write learning style emphasize their focus on inputs and outputs that are text-based, that is reading and writing in its...
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