Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V
September 22, 2013
VARK: A Guide to Learning Styles Analysis Paper
In what ways does the learning style work, how is learning seen, how is learning heard, and how is learning taught? As define by Wikipedia about learning styles, “is an individual's natural or habitual pattern of acquiring and processing information in learning situations. A core concept is that individuals differ in how they learn (Wikipedia, 2013).” Learning styles were not presented until the 1970’s. In order to evaluate a person learning style there are several models, assessments and exams to use for interpretation. For example, this writer named Patient A used the VARK analysis; Visual, Aural, Read/write, Kinesthetic and Multimodal this analysis was produced by Neil Fleming. This exam was helpful in finding out what preferences of learning styles for Patient A. Patient A took VARK 16 questions exam and determines which learning styles were defined. This article will include the review of the learning style for Patient A, compare preferred learning strategies to the identified strategies, and evaluate any changes needed to make in Patient A study habits.
Summary of Preferred Learning Style
Upon taking the VARK questionnaire the result for Patient A is Visual 10, Aural 10, Read/Write 16 and Kinesthetic 12. The highest score of 16 is for Read/ write is the preferred learning style with Kinesthetic, Visual and Aural being the next levels of learning. What is a Read/write learning style? From VARK personal learning profile for Patient A is to use written forms and lists. Kinesthetic being the next preferred learning style meaning Patient A needs examples or things that are real life. Then Visual and Aural are the same balance, meaning Patient A wants the big picture and discussions for learning. The Multimodal didn’t score. In the profile, it’s showed that Patient A four modes area are related, and no particular mode stands out. In VARK learning profile for Patient A, they are a Type Two meaning they use all of their modes in combinations.
Preferred Learning Strategies
With Read/write being the strongest preferred learning styles what are some preferred learning strategies that will help Patient A. For Read/write strategies explained by Neil Fleming, “You should put details into written form and use lists, PowerPoint, textbooks, diaries and the Internet for your ideas. You are sensitive to word order and word usage, and you like to have things in print (handouts). You are also careful about recording your notes in written form, and you like to use dictionaries and other text aids (Fleming, 2012).” Patient A should INTAKE in information using lists, notes, printed handouts, and pay attention to meanings in the headings. Then the OUTPUT for Patient A is to write exams answers, use a Microsoft words to prepare responses, write anything into a list using 1,2,3,4 and search the internet for new ideas.
Comparison of Preferred and Identified Learning Strategies
As a Type Two, who uses all their modes in combinations for learning, Patient A prefers reinforce by adding the other modes for input or output. Learning strategies that would satisfy Patient A would be, read about the subject, heard about it from a trusting person, tried it themselves, seen a full diagram of how it worked and leant about how it is useful or works. For a Type Two multimodal learner, each of these strategies practices use the presents of V, A, R, K. The more information and research done on the subject the better learning for Patient A understands of the topic.
Appraisal of Changes Needed in Study Habits
Reviewing the VARK learning profile for Patient A there are not many changes need to be made. Upon learning that, Read/write style being the strongest make sense due to Patient A makes a list for everything and then researches on the internet. In the Kinesthetic mode,