Learning strategies and VARK analysis
Dictionary.com defines a student as “a person formally engaged in learning” (Student, 2012). Students of any age know that comprehending and retaining information is essential to educational success. Just as every student had unique physical attributes, they also have unique learning styles in which they best retain new and important information. The VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic) is a questionnaire that is given to help individual find their unique learning style. This allows students and non students alike to explore the way in which the not only retain information, but the best way to present information. Each type of learning style is broken down with ways in which to enhance an individuals study habits. This paper will discus this authors learning style per the VARK questionnaire, preferred learning styles, and the differences noted between the two. Concluding this paper will be a final overview on the VARK analysis and the author’s changes in study habits. Multimodal Learner
Through the VARK analysis this author was discovered to have multimodal learning style with a slight preference of Read/Write and kinesthetic learning styles (see Appendix). The kinesthetic learner is a learner whom retains information best by involving as much physical activity into the lesson as is allowed. Physical touch is important to learning new ideas and concepts. It is typical for a kinesthetic learner to involve as many of the five senses, touch, hear, smell, taste, and sight, as possible when learning. The experience had when the lesson is taught is what engages the kinesthetic learner in the information. Physical comfort, drawing pictures, making models, sample tests and making note cards, are all tools a kinesthetic learner can use to increase the success of a study session. Kinesthetic learners do not learn well with limited activity or when lectures are given with no physical movement allowed....
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