Essay Analysis of Vark Learning Strategies

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Analysis of VARK Learning Strategies

“The acronym VARK stands for Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic sensory modalities that are used for learning information (Fleming & Mills, 1992)”. Each person learns in a unique yet definable way, and through the utilization of the VARK system, categories have been established to assist in understanding and promoting effective learning by the individual. The VARK system is based on a questionnaire where each person describes their response to a given situation, and the compilation of the answers then allows these results to place the individual within one of the four identified groups, with the addition of a fifth being an
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The writing of reports, reading of texts and use of the internet are all identified as methods of learning through this style. Read/write was identified with the second highest rating on the personal questionnaire.
Kinesthetic learning is the hands-on approach to retaining information. The demonstration of a skill, practice of a particular event or situation, and physical association with an object is crucial to the preservation of new information for this individual. The physical performance of the event or task allows for the complete understanding of the concept. Kinesthetic style of learning received the third highest rating on the personal questionnaire, yet is identified as the preferred method of learning for this individual.
Upon completion of the questionnaire, the multimodal learning preference was identified as the strategy most effective for this individual. “If you have multiple preferences you are in the majority, as approximately 60% of any population fits that category (Fleming & Mills, 1992)”. Multimodal learning encompasses all four categories of learning styles, and allows for the processing of information to be achieved in many different ways. This style can be viewed in both positive and negative ways; positive in that it allows the learner to “switch” modalities in order to understand the material with a deeper sense of completion, and negatively by forcing the individual to multitask within their own psyche and possibly take

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