VARK Analysis Paper
NRS 429V Family Centered Health Promotion
July 5, 2014
VARK Analysis The way a person learns has been examined and studied for many years, dating back to the Greek Philosophers Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Plato (427-347 B.C.), and Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) (Hammond, 2001). Learning begins the day a child is born. As the young mind grows, the child will begin to learn things from eating, walking, talking and performing. All of the things learned are done so in a specific manner; everyone learns in a different way. The VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic) Analysis is a tool used to help a person identify which learning methods they use by answering a few simple questions. In this paper, the author will
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The visual style of learning, according to the VARK analysis, states that people who fall into this category learn best by having pictures, graphs and charts in front of them. They are able to retain information best this way and when it comes to test taking, these images are easier for the person to recall than anything else. The aural style of learning is when a person learns best by listening; whether that be attending classes, lectures, or being involved in group discussions. Aural people tend to recall voices and speakers when needing to remember information. The read/write preference is when people need to take notes, need to write things down and read instruction manuals or booklets/pamphlets. They like dictionaries, glossaries, handouts and often write verbatim what the speaker is saying. VARK states a good method of this type of learner is to compress three pages of notes into one making it learnable. These learners often like to write things down when testing, like openings and closings to paragraphs and organize things into lists. The fourth learning style, kinesthetic, is when people use their senses to learn and retain knowledge. They often need hands on experience like field trips, models, demos, role play and examples. These students need to be moving around, using their muscles in a “hands-on” type learning environment.