VARK Learning Styles and Strategies
Learning is a constant process in the life of an individual. However, people have different learning styles that help them to grasp knowledge in an efficient way. This feature has made educator to try to adapt their teaching styles to the way the students understand best. In healthcare, different learning strategies are considered important in helping practitioners to attain suitable skills and knowledge in their profession. With the application of technology, the different learning styles need to be incorporated in the provision of knowledge (Asiry, 2016). The paper tries to establish an individual’s learning style and strategies. It also focuses on determining the impact of learning styles on education and elucidates the importance of understanding learning styles in an educational setting.
Summary of My Learning Style
The Fleming’s model, which is known as VARK Learning Styles and Strategies, individual learners are identified by whether they have a preference for visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic. From my VARK test my scores were as follows; – 3 for visual, 5 for auditory, 4 for reading and writing, and 4 for kinesthetic. From the score, my learning style is more aligned to auditory. As an aural learner, it can be observed that I attain more knowledge by hearing information. Therefore, lectures are more important for my learning. My learning style also shows that I am better at remembering what I am told than what I see. However, reading and writing and kinesthetic are also suitable learning styles for my education. This is because the difference in score between auditory and these styles is 1 which is very minimal (Asiry, 2016).
Description of My Learning Strategies
One of the most essential strategies for my learning is engagement with my classmates. This strategy allows me to explain to my classmates and getting efficient explanations from them. In addition, I also begin my learning early to ensure that I am not disturbed by noises from my surrounding. Moreover, I also ensure that I attend s many lectures as possible so that I can get a great understanding of my studies. Another suitable strategy for my studies is the use of recording devices to ensure that can listen to the information more times. This strategy is also used in summarizing my notes (Asiry, 2016).
While looking at the identified learning strategies for my preferred style, I have realized that my strategies align with what I’m required to apply. For instance, it is recommended for auditory learned to hold discussions with their fellow students and with teachers. Attending many classes is also a preferred strategy for the learning style. However, I am also required to read my notes loud for better understand (Asiry, 2016).
Impact of Learning Styles on Education
An individual’s learning style is depicted to affect the learning decisions one makes. As a result, it affects the level of adjustment a learner can make during changes in teaching strategies. In addition, learning styles also affect a student’s motivation during certain teaching activities. For instance, if the teaching does not align with a student’s learning style, he or she may have little motivation in the lesson. Therefore, student’s concentration level is affected by his or her learning style. Moreover, a learning style affects a student’s way of conceptualizing information. From this perspective, it is viewed that some styles need an individual to base on his or her experience to understand some information (McCutcheon et al., 2015).
Also, learning styles are essential in determining the way a student constructs ideas during the learning process. It is very important for an educator to understand the learning style of an individual because it helps in developing a suitable teaching strategy that meets the individual’s requirements. It also helps the educator to guide the learner in a way that he or she becomes satisfied with the learning environment. Moreover, it also helps the educator to guide the student to move from an unsuccessful strategy to one that suits the student’s style (Mahmoud, Ahmed, & Ibrahim, 2019).
Importance of Understanding Learning Styles
A health promotion environment is full of different stimuli. The educators need to maximize the stimuli for them to get better outcomes. When the educator understands the learning styles of the individual in the promotion, it becomes easier for them to develop a suitable educational environment for the learners. In addition, it helps the educators to improve the quality of health promotion, thereby ensuring that the promotion entails effective learning (McCutcheon et al., 2015).
Learning styles affect the types of interactions between the learner and the educator. These interactions may affect the relationships between learner and the educator, hence affecting the level of understanding for the need of change. For instance, if the learning style requires a personal interaction with the learner, there are higher chances that he or she may consider to change behavior. It is observed that different learning styles may be accommodated by applying different teaching strategies to meet the requirements of every learning style. This act can be enhanced by understanding the different requirements of students and developing strategies that encompass all their needs (McCutcheon et al., 2015).
The paper has covered different issues regarding learning styles of individuals. Using a VARK Learning Styles and Strategies assessment, the individual style identified is auditory. It is shown that learning strategies for an auditory learner needs to focus on his or her learning. Therefore, one is recommended to engage in activities such as discussions and attendance of lectures. The paper also shows that learning styles have great impact in education s it affects features such s the way a learner conceptualizes information and how they develop ideas. Moreover, learning styles are considered to be important in healthcare promotion. Therefore, it is important for educators to align their teaching strategies with the learning requirements of different learners to ensure that there are better health outcomes.
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