Essay Vark Learning Styles

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VARK Analysis Learning Style
Scott T. Holman
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429
June 17, 2014

VARK Analysis Learning Style
Learning style is defined as an individual’s natural or habitual pattern of acquiring and processing information in learning situations (James, 1995). Most educational researchers and theorists generally agree that students learn in different ways (Tzu-Chien, 2009). There are many models that address learning styles including Davis A. Kolbs model based on Experiential Learning Theory, Anthony Gregorc’s Model, The Sudbury Model of Democratic Education, and so on. One of the most common and widely used models is Neil Flemming’s VARK model. The VARK model categorizes the types of learning styles as visual, aural,
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Reading the material once and highlighting the pertinent points allowed for a pace that made the absorption and retention of material easier. Note cards, written and reviewed daily increased the understanding and retainability of the content being studied. Repetition was the key as well as the ability work at one’s own pace. This method of learning has persisted over the years and even in the on line environment, the author finds himself constantly printing course content and information in lieu of viewing it on the monitor of a personal computer.
The VARK questionnaire has identified this author’s learning style as read/write and identifies learning strategies for the same in three parts: Intake, Studying, and Output. For a read/write preference intake of information is best accomplished through the use of lists, headings, dictionaries, glossaries, handouts, textbooks, notes, and manuals. These modalities fall in line with this authors previously identified learning strategies. Having information in a printable, easily accessible format with pertinent points highlighted have always made the intake and retention of information easier and more palatable. For the read/write preference the VARK strategies made several suggestions in relation to studying. Writing out words again and again, reading notes again and again, and organizing diagrams graphs and charts into statements were identified as ways to improve retention when studying