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Learning Styles: VARK

Each person's interests differ as well as their learning styles. Neil Fleming, a New Zealand teacher, developed the VARK model to explain how people learn. We have tried to explain this model and learning preferences of Neil Fleming for you in this article, who says that people may have different or more than one learning preferences as Visual, Aural, Read / Write, Kinesthetic.

Visual Learning Style

People with this ability to learn often tend to doodle, use graphics and different colours and shapes. When they are being taught something new, they first want to show them how it is been done.

If you think this learning style is suitable for you, it may be useful to use the flashcard method. Or you can support your education by using different colour and font options, using graphics and visual aids.

Auditory Learning Style

People with auditory learning skills like to explain things by speaking, and they make things comment to their minds using different tones. They usually learn better with discussion groups or explaining things to others.

If you think this learning style is right for you, learning the lesson in class is probably for you. The notes you get during the lesson are often incomplete or poor, as you usually prefer to listen. Therefore, you can record audio about the subject you are working on and listen to it again or try to tell others about a subject you received your training.

Read / Write Learning Style 

If you think you learn better by reading and writing, you are often interested in interesting words and their meanings, and you tend to learn the origin of these words. It is very important for you that the article is descriptive and you like to use lists and categorize them.

If you think this learning style is right for you, start by taking notes to learn something. Use headings that explain the subject to you. Create your own categories and lists while listening to the lecture. You can try to summarize the topics you have read and focus on using different ideas.

Kinesthetic Learning Style

It would not be wrong to say that you have a kinesthetic learning style, which is an intuitive, kinesthetic learning style, if you learn something by trying, practising or understanding it with examples. If you have this way of learning, you like being part of the team, using trial and error methods, and using your sense of touch, sight, taste, smell, and hearing as much as possible.

If you think all this suits you, you should try to create opportunities to apply what you have learned to learn something. Try to include the notes you took during the lesson and as many examples of the topic as possible. If you can access previous exams or lecture notes, you can also benefit from these experiences.

Multi-model learning style

It is unlikely that we will use a single learning style throughout your life. Many of us have been using each of these models, and have been using methods that apply to only one or a few. How much tendency there may be to which may vary from person to person.

So which training model do you think is more suitable for you?

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