Have you ever tried out clothes in a bigger or smaller size than yours, and then you looked at yourself in the mirror? How is it? Well, yeah... it might not look that great, since it doesn't suit your body, right?
That applies just the same with knowing your own learning style. If you don't know the style that suits you whenever you learn, you might find yourself struggling. You find it hard to learn particular subjects. Or worst, you might fail the test or exam given.
That's why, it's important to know the learning style that suits you, so you can excel better in the subjects and be more focused when you learn.
One of the learning styles that are exceptionally well-known (you might have heard of this style too!) is the VARK learning style. So, what is it, basically? Read on!
What is the VARK learning style?
The term VARK is an acronym for the four types of student learning style: visual learners, auditory learners, reading or writing learners, and kinesthetic learners.
Actually, VARK was an expansion of the VAK learning modalities by Walter Burke Barbe and colleagues. The style was then reformulated through a study by Neil D. Fleming & Colleen E. Mills in 1992. The study was conducted by observing classrooms for thousands of hours.
Back then, Fleming and Mills also distributed questionnaires for educators to their students, hence they can identify the students' learning preferences.
What are the types of VARK learning styles?
1. Visual learners
Visual learners always learn best when they are presented with graphic descriptions. But, the information presented is not always necessarily through photos of videos.
Rather than pushing through the information on presentation slides, they prefer to receive information in the form of graphics – such as diagrams, arrows, charts, tables, and many more.
Of course, there are many tools you can use to present the graphics. You can use Canva or Word, as well as other tools out there. But, if you want to spice it up a little bit, you can use our platform – Assemblr EDU!
You can simply input the image of your graphics on our project worksheet, and voila! You're ready to see the lesson in AR view.
Also, most visual learners are very organized note-takers. They always pay attention to the colors and decorative objects, which make their notes always look super, duper awesome. Here's one example.
2. Auditory learners
People with this model tend to learn better when they hear the information right away. If you find yourself easier when listening to the lectures, or you find podcasts interesting, you might be in 30% of the population who are auditory learners!
In fact, auditory learners can grasp 75% of information on a lengthy lecture, whereas other learners find it hard to last through it.
For auditory learners, taking notes is a form of distraction. So, they might not take notes in classes, just so they can be more focused on listening.
One of the easiest ways for auditory learners to study is reading written work aloud. By doing this, they can soak up the information by listening and help them think it through.
Not only that, they will also find group works suitable for them. Since they can have discussions and exchange ideas between the group members, they can get more information and attach it to their memories.
3. Reading or writing learners
Do you prefer to read information through handouts or PowerPoint presentations in class? Or instead of re-drawing the diagram presented, you tend to jot it down on your notes in words?
If yes, you might adapt this style of learning. As a reading or writing learner, you enjoy devouring information through written texts.
Reading or writing learners are also active in doing research by browsing on the internet. Knowing that the internet serves them any kind of information, and most of them are packed with texts, they can learn better by doing so.
This type of learner will also be delighted when they have to create PowerPoint slides. So, if you're adopting this type, you might want to try create one whenever you're learning new information.
4. Kinesthetic learners
Have you ever had that one classmate who is super active, can't bear seating at the desk for a whole day, and just like to move around in the classroom (or maybe, it might be you? 🤔)?
If you have, then this type of learning could be theirs. Or yours.
Kinesthetic learners, or sometimes known as the "tactile learners", always learn best through hands-on, physical activities. That's why they will be actively engaged during lab activities or instructional training. Staying still in the traditional classroom might be "torture" for them.
As much as how active they are, that doesn't mean they can't learn in their own way. If you're a teacher teaching this type of student in a classroom, you can make groups, and encourage them to learn between each other using flashcards to stimulate interactive learning.
You can print out your custom marker in the form of flashcards, and the objects will pop up in front of the students. Might be a feast for your eyes, and for your mind! 👍🏼
Looking for an example? Our AR books might give you some inspiration.
Now, after you read the four styles above, you might be wondering to yourself, "Seems like I have more than one style... Is that normal?"
No worries, it's totally fine! You can absolutely have more than one learning style within you. People who are classified into this group are called multimodal learners.
To give you one final proof, one study shows that 50% to 70% of populations are multimodal learners, which means that they can perfectly learn in any kind of style.
Yeah, you're special and you're not alone. 😉
So, which one are you?
Have you recognized your learning style? Do you adapt only one learning style, or a multimodal learner?
If you want to make sure of what your style is, you can type 'VARK questionnaire' on your Google search bar. Or, if you're too lazy to do it, we have prepared it for you! Just head over to this questionnaire made by VARK Learn, and let us know what yours. 😉
Good luck in finding your learning style!
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