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Ana Mercedes García. English Major Year 2011 Management of Technological Resources for the Teaching and Administration of the English Language (Part III) VARK INVENTORY LEARNING STYLEThe purpose of this report is to show that people have a variety of differentapproaches of learning and how people use information for effective learning,communicate more effectively, and perform well in tests and examinations.In order to be able to identify our learning style to understand the differentlearning strategies that can we applied in our studies we will use a guide tolearning styles known as VARK . The acronym VARK stands for Visual, Aural,Read/write, and Kinesthetic sensory modalities that are used for learninginformation. There is some overlap between categories.VARK is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learningpreferences. These preferences are about the ways that they want to take-in andgive-out informationMy scores were:Visual: 1Aural: 2Read/Write: 6Kinesthetic: 7I have a multimodal (RK) learning prefence.Multimodal Study StrategiesThe multimodal style of learning means that I have a mixed combination ofpotentialities of the learning styles and I can be more flexible about how I take inand give out information.The 1 in the VISUAL category means that I am lacking potential in that area as alearning style. But I have a vary balance learning style. 60% of the population hasthat particular style.One advantage of being multimodal is that I can adapt to different teachers’styles; so I am probably holistic rather than reductionist in my approach. And Icould be effective in different circumstances and environment. I prefer to draw inorder to be able to understand ideas.According to my score, KINAESTHETIC category is the highest which meansthat I need to do things to understand and for me the ideas are are only valuableif they sound practical, real, and relevant to me.
The VARK Questionnaire Results : Visual: 1; Aural: 2; Read/Write: 6; Kinaesthetic: 7 SWOT INTAKE OUTPUT - Study without tears Replace words with Draw things, use Textbooks with symbols or initials diagrams diagrams and pictures Look at your pages Write exam Graphs answers Visual=1 Underlining different colours and Practice turning highlighters. visuals back into words. Attend classes Convert your "notes" Remember the into a learnable Spend time in quiet interesting examples, package by reducing places recalling the Aural=2 stories, jokes... them (3:1) ideas. Leave spaces in your Expand your notes Speak your notes for later recall by talking with others answers aloud or and filling and collecting notes inside your head. from the textbook. headings Read your notes Write exam dictionaries (silently) again and answers. handouts again. Practice with textbooks multiple choice Rewrite the ideas readings - library questions. and principles into Arrange your words Read/ other words. Write=6 into hierarchies and Imagine your lists points arranged in multiple choice questions and distinguish each from each. all your senses - sight, You will remember Write practice touch, taste, smell, the “real” things that answers, hearing ... happened. paragraphs... field trips Role plays the Use pictures and lecturers who give exam situation inKinesthetic=7 real-life examples photographs that your own room. applications illustrate an idea. Trial and error Go back to the laboratory or your lab manual. In conclusion VARK can be a powerful tool to understand how to relate to others and, any understanding of ourselves can be beneficial. Since I was able to identify my own learning style, I could noticed that I have some weaknesses that I need to improve, especially in the visual and aural categories. The strength of the VARK questionnaire is that it provides strategies that can lead to success in any learning environment. It treats people as different, not dumb and suggests that some strategies may be helpful and some harmful. The answer is to use the modes we prefer and avoid those that we do not like.