VARK Analysis: How Do I Learn Best?
Grand Canyon University: NRS429V
August 1, 2014
Every individual has his/her own preferred learning style, whether it be auditory (learning by listening), visual (learning by viewing pictures or graphs), reading or writing (reading to gather information or writing your own notations), or kinesthetic (learning by touching or doing). The VARK questionnaire examines a person’s preferred method of learning with the use of questions and answers that cover these areas based on an individual’s score, which can deduce a preferred learning method (Fleming, 2013). By determining a person’s preferred ...view middle of the document...
Typically the auditory learner requires a quiet environment so that when information is being spoken out loud, it can be solely focused on without outside distraction.
Upon review of the VARK Questionnaire “How Do I Learn Best”, it can be said that these discussed learning strategies used by the auditory learner are the identified and implemented strategies that have been indeed used for this preferred learning style all along (Fleming ,2013) Certainly it may not be something that the learner has been completely aware of, but once it is recognized to be effective these strategies should be emphasized and used in any type of necessary teaching.
Preferred vs. Identified Learning Strategies
Sitting directly in front of educator in the first room of a classroom setting is mandatory to an auditory learner so eye contact can be made thereby enhancing auditory comprehension. Recording notes on index cards in preparation for reading them out loud is a preferred method of learning for the auditory learner. Even going as far as recording ones’ own voice on a cassette and listening to it repeatedly while driving or cleaning increases learning comprehension. Often just hearing different voice intonations will help the auditory learner retain new information. Simply reading out loud rather than to oneself also will enhance the learner’s ability to retain new material.
Based on the readings and rationales of the VARK Questionnaire, it has been discovered that many if not all of these strategies have been implemented into the learning and memorization techniques of the auditory learner teacher incredible. Well, it may not be that the teacher is awful it simply may be that the methods that the teachers employed simply did not appeal to the person’s preferred methods of learning. Therefore the person isn’t able to retain what is being taught and ultimately ends up blaming the teacher.
Although individuals all have their own unique learning style, adults typically learn best when all teaching strategies are used in combination (visual, auditory, reading, writing, kinesthetic) (Russell, 2005). However, in confronting one’s own learning abilities, consideration must include motivation, culture, readiness to learn and most importantly our preferred learning strategies. This will enhance...