Learners use different learning styles to receive information and understand it. Most of the learners use one or two learning styles while learning new concepts.
Basically the learning styles theory VARK was introduced in 1987 by Neil Fleming who is a teacher from New Zealand who has taught in universities, education centers and high schools. VARK stands for Visual, auditory, read/write, and Kinesthetic (in short, VAK). The Visual element (the V in VAK) is divided into two parts – Visual (V) and Read/write (R).
From the illustration below, can you identify the learning style of each person?
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Let’s see what each learning style means.
Auditory learners listen to the things rather than read the concept to grasp the information. They remember what they hear and what they say.
How do you find which among your learner is an auditory? It’s simple, answer the following questions.
- Does your learner listen to an explanation from someone on how to operate a product before using it?
- Does your learner love talking and listening to friends?
- Did you find your learner giving verbal explanation while teaching someone a new concept?
If most of the answers are yes, then he is probably an auditory learner.
Learners who learn best from seeing things are Visual learners. Using graphics, charts, illustrations, videos in the e-learning courses will help visual learners learn better. It is easy for them grasp information by looking at visuals but it is difficult for them to focus while listening to an explanation.
Find out if your learner prefers to learn by seeing or visualizing, by answering the following questions:
- Does your learner read the instructions before operating an instrument?
- Does your learner like watching demonstrations, charts and photographs?
- Does your learner tend to write instructions and teach a concept?
For most of these questions if you responded yes, then he is probably a visual learner.
Kinesthetic learners learn best by doing things. They feel easy in learning things by performing hands on activities.
Are you not sure that your learner is a kinesthetic learner? Try out answering these questions.
- Does your learner operate a new instrument and learn how it works?
- Does your learner love to take part in activities?
- Does your learner tend to give demonstration to teach a concept?
If your answers are yes to most of these questions, then he is probably a visual learner.
So we depend on our senses in order to process the information which is around us and we tend to use one of our senses more than the others and use it when learning new things. Therefore most of us learn more through a combination of the three learning styles but, each one of us has different style of learning.
I hope my blog helps you in identifying your learners learning style. By the way I hope now you could find out the learning style of each person (Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic)
Please do share your experiences.