VARKLearning Styles Inventory
VARKWhat it isIt is about PREFERENCESIt is about LEARNINGIt is about YOUScores indicate how you learnWhat it isntIt isnt about STRENGTHSIt isnt about LEISUREIt isnt about the preference of OTHERSScore doesnt indicate how you teach, train, or work
VISUALIntakeDiagrams and PicturesVideos, Posters and SlidesFlow ChartsUnderlining or HighlightingReconstruct Images in different waysUse different spatial arrangementsRedraw pages from memoryOutputDraw thingsUse diagramsWrite exam answersRecall the pictures made by your pagesPractice turning your visuals back into words
VISUALReplace words with symbolsLook at your pagesConvert lecture notes into picture pages
VISUALYou want the whole picture so you are probably holistic rather than reductionist in your approach.. You are often swayed by the look of an object. You are interested in color and layout and design and you know where you are in your environment. You are probably going to draw something.
AURAL (ORAL)IntakeAttend classesAttend discussions and tutorialsDiscuss topics with your teachersExplain new ideas to othersRemember the interesting examples, stories, jokesLeave spaces in notes for later recallOutputImagine talking with the teacherListen to your voices and write them downSpend time in quiet places recalling the ideasPractice writing answers to old exam questionsSpeak your answers aloud or inside your head
AURAL (ORAL)Your notes may be poor because you prefer to listen.You will need to expand your notesPut your summarized notes onto voice recordingsAsk others to hear your understanding of a topicRead your summarized notes aloud
AURAL (ORAL)You prefer to have this page explained to you. The written words are not as valuable as those you hear. You will probably go and tell somebody about this.
READING/WRITINGIntakeListsHeadingsDefinitionsHandoutsTextbooksReadingEssaysOutputWrite exam answersPractice multiple choice questionsWrite paragraphs, beginnings and endingsWrite your lists (a,b,c, 1,2,3)Arrange your words into hierarchies and points
READ/WRITEWrite out the words again and againRead your notes (silently) again and againRewrite the ideas and principles into other wordsOrganize any diagrams, graphs into statementsTurn reactions, actions, diagrams into wordsImagine lists arranged in multiple choice questions
READ/WRITEYou like this page because the emphasis is on words and lists. You believe the meanings are within the words, so any talk is OK but this handout is better. You are heading for the library.
KINESTHETICIntakeUse all your sensesLabsField tripsExamplesHands-on approachesTrial and errorCollectionsExhibits, Samples, PhotosOutputWrite practice answersWrite paragraphsRole play the exam situation
KINESTHETICYour lecture notes may be poor because the topics were not concreteYou will remember the real things that happenedPut examples in your summaryTalk about your notes with another personUse pictures and photos to illustrate an ideaRecall the experiments, field trip
KINESTHETICYou want to experience the exam so that you can understand it. The ideas on this page are only valuable if they sound practical, real, and relevant to you. You need to do things to understand.