Introduction to the VARK Model
Understanding the Different VARK Styles of Learning
Have you ever noticed that some people learn better when they read, and others understand more when they watch a video? That’s because everyone has a different learning style.
One popular method for identifying these differences is called the VARK (Visual, Auditory, Reading & Writing, and Kinaesthetic) Model of Learning. Let’s explore this model further and learn why it’s beneficial to know your own VARK style.
The Basics of the VARK Model
The VARK Model was developed by Neil Fleming in 1987 as an easy way to assess people’s different learning styles. The model suggests that there are four primary ways people process information—visual, auditory, reading & writing, and kinaesthetic—and that each individual has their own unique combination of these styles.
By understanding how you best receive new information, you can create an effective study plan tailored to your particular needs.
Visual learners typically prefer learning through charts and diagrams or watching videos or demonstrations. Examples of visual activities include using flashcards to memorise facts or using color-coded folders to organise notes or assignments. If you are a visual learner, try studying with outlines or taking pictures of key points in your notes; this will help you remember them more easily.
Auditory learners are those who prefer to learn through auditory means such as listening to lectures or discussing topics with their peers. They tend to remember things better when they can hear them explained out loud rather than trying to read about them in textbooks or notes. As this type of learner is more likely to pick up information from conversations, they often benefit from group activities such as debates and role-playing exercises where they can listen and contribute to the discussion.
Reading & Writing Learners
Reading & writing learners are those who prefer to learn by reading books and other written material, as well as writing down their thoughts about the material. They enjoy researching topics in deep detail and often write essays or reports on what they have learned in order to reinforce their understanding of the subject matter. This type of learner will usually be able to recall facts more easily if they have read them multiple times or written them out by hand.
Kinaesthetic learners are those who prefer hands-on activities such as building models, experiments, or projects related to the material being studied. This type of learner learns best by doing rather than just reading or listening—they need physical activity in order for them to absorb information better. Kinaesthetic learners also tend to be more creative when it comes to problem-solving because they like coming up with new ways of doing things instead of relying on conventional methods that everyone else uses.
No matter what type of learner you are—visual, auditory, reading
& writing, kinaesthetic—the VARK model can help provide insight into
how best approach studying for tests or completing assignments so that
they become less intimidating tasks and more enjoyable experiences!
Knowing your VARK style can be incredibly helpful when it comes time
to study since it allows individuals to tailor their approach based on
their preferences while still getting all of the necessary information
they need in order to succeed!
So take some time now to consider which type(s) of VARK styles apply best for your individual needs so that learning becomes something enjoyable rather than a chore!