In this essay I will be describing various types of learning styles and stating the advantages and disadvantages of these learning styles. I will also inform you of the most commonly used method of finding out your own learning style, and I will inform you of the man who made this method. Finally, I will write about my own preferred learning styles and the strengths and weaknesses of the different learning styles.
What is a ‘Learning Style’?
“A learning style is a way of learning and refers to the way that you learn new information” (2). Most people have one preferred learning style and perform to a lesser standard when learning in a different style than what they’re used to. Nowadays, children are told to take a quiz in school to determine what their preferred learning style is, but after a few years, not many of these children remember what their preferred learning style is, or even if they do, they don’t apply it to their learning.
Pros of knowing your preferred learning styles:
It maximises your potential and could also save you a lot of time. For example, if you are a visual learner and you are trying to understand something by listening to a lecture, then you will be wasting hours of your time. Knowing your learning style can also help you to better understand your strengths and weaknesses and generally make studying easier and more efficient. Knowing your own learning style could reduce stress. This is because, usually, if you can’t understand something then generally you get more stressed. By using your preferred learning style to help you to understand a topic it reduces your amount of stress and may even boost your confidence!
What is the VARK model?
The VARK model is one of the most common methods that people use to categorise learning styles. It was made by a man named Neil Fleming. The VARK model “expanded on the Neuro-linguistic programming models” (16). It was launched by Neil Fleming in 1987, after he finished his work and studies at Lincoln University. Before Neil Fleming, the VAK model was the most commonly used method to categorise learning styles. The VAK model doesn’t include Read/Write. The Read/Write learning style was created by Neil Fleming after he realised that it was best to split the Visual learning style into Symbolic (Visual), and Read/Write.
Who is Neil Fleming?
Neil Fleming is the person who designed the VARK model. “He was a teacher and senior inspector for over one hundred schools in New Zealand”. It was here that, after watching over 9000 lessons, Neil Fleming began to realise that different students learnt very differently. After this realisation, he decided to begin investigating, and, after 11 years in Lincoln University, Neil Fleming designed and released the commonly used VARK model (15) (16).
The VAK model states that there are 3 main different learning styles, but the VARK model states that there are four main different learning styles. There are at least seven...