Students have different learning styles and these can affect how they learn. The VARK inventory (VARK is an acronym for visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic learning modalities) is one such tool that is easy to use and can give students information on how to maximize their learning.
For visual, I scored an 8. Visual aspects of learning very helpful especially pictures. When presentations need to be done such as on power points, most slides preferred would indicate some form of picture to go with the message. Not only it will catch the human eye but at the same time it can add interest to the individual, especially when the subject is not too appealing.
Graphs and diagrams are also helpful when it comes to comparing data. When it is written out in words it can be confusing whereas a chart both can accurately compare and measure over a certain period of time. Visual learners process information the best through graphical tools which allows them to interpret data in a logical manner. Students with this learning style should formulate their notes in an orderly fashion, so that they would be able to visualize how the pieces of the puzzle are connected.
Aural or auditory learning refers to the emphasized use of hearing and speech in the learning process. When reading text books I tend to read out loud to myself and it seems to aid concentration. For Aural, I scored a 9. I do prefer to listen to others as far as opinions and suggestions. For example, having a group project is not an easy task online. In my last class, there was an organized chat room where all students were able to verbally talk to each other via skype or telephone. It was a lot easier to get points through compared to email and text messaging. By verbally listening you can give your opinion right away and get quick feedback and ultimately getting the project done with every one agreeing to the final outcome. With 9 being a high score for Aural I don’t completely agree with the score. It...
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