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Unformatted text preview: VARK ANALYSIS PAPER 1 VARK Analysis Paper Grand Canyon University NRS-429V - Family-Centered Health Promotion VARK ANALYSIS PAPER 2 VARK Analysis Paper In 1987, Neil Fleming created a questionnaire that would assist learners in identifying their own personal learning styles (Whitney, S., 2018). The questions focus on how people prefer to give and receive information (VARK Learn Limited, 2019). VARK, which stands for visual, auditory, read/write, and kinesthetic, describes the different learning styles. The VARK questionnaire “allows learners to identify their own personal learning preferences” (Whitney, S., 2018, para. 5). The Visual learner learns by way of charts, graphs, diagrams, etc. This type of learner would prefer to draw things out, or have them drawn out, to describe or understand them. The Aural/Auditory learner prefers to hear the information they are learning by way of discussions, phone/face-to-face conversations, and lectures amongst some other ways. The Read/write learner prefers to read material, as well as writing things down to retain information. These learners are fixated with diaries, dictionaries, and bullet point list (VARK Learn Limited, 2019). The Kinesthetic model refers to learners who learn best through real life experiences, be it their own experiences or others; also, through demonstrations, and simulations (VARK Learn Limited, 2019). The objective of this paper is to describe the writers preferred learning styles/strategies as they pertain to the VARK questionnaire that was completed by the writer. Also, discuss the importance of identifying individual learning styles and preferences as an educator, and the importance of learning styles in health promotion and behavioral outcomes. Writer’s Preferred Learning Style According to VARK After completing the VARK questionnaire results were as follows for this writer: Read/Write 14, the highest, Kinesthetic 11, Aural 10, and Visual 7, the lowest. The VARK questionnaire labels this writer as a multimodal learner; explaining that the writer usually learns VARK ANALYSIS PAPER 3 best using all four strategies. This preference suggests the writer should use strategies such as: listening, discussing, talking, graphs, charts, practical exercises, examples, cases, and especially lists, notes and text in all its formats. Kinesthetic is the writers learning preference. Before taking the NCLEX exam for nursing licensure the best way for this writer to study was to talk through scenarios and complete numerous multiple-choice questions. Writer’s Personal Learning Strategies This writer believes the best way to learn is through doing things; working out problems and finding out how others have worked through theirs. Other learning preferences of the writer include: learning from watching someone give examples, demonstrations, and listening to what is being presented, as well as reading very detailed instructions. The multimodal learning preference suggested for the writer would promote learning strategies such as: listening, discussing, talking, graphs, charts, practical exercises, examples, cases, and especially lists, notes and text in all its formats. Different strategies this writer could use having a strong Read/Write preference would include: making list, using dictionaries, handouts, writing and rewriting ideas and notes, converting charts and diagrams into words, write paragraphs, and prioritized list. Importance of Identifying Learning Styles Understanding your learning styles is a major step in unlocking your learning capabilities. A student learner may increase their grades as well as their confidence simply by understanding how they prefer to learn. It is important to know how your brain works best which allows you to learn more efficiently, reduce stress, even perform better in work environments (Ezekiel, n.d.). Self-awareness assist the educator in helping the learner succeed through initiation of individualized care plans specific to their needs. As an educator, understanding and identifying the learning styles of the learner is of upmost importance. Every individual including VARK ANALYSIS PAPER 4 educators have their own learning preferences and it’s important to understand no one learner’s preference fits all. Individuals are incomparable and should be treated as such. Educators have a vital role in creating unbiased teaching plans using “teaching-learning strategies” to suit the needs of the learner, encourage confidence, and promote academic success (Kharb, Samanta, Jindal, & Singh, 2013). Impact of Learning Styles on Health Promotion In the patient-nurse relationship self-awareness on both ends is essential. If the patient is aware of how they best interpret information, health promotion efforts may have remarkable results due to the increased interest in learning method used. This writer has come to find that the learning experience is more enjoyable when it is being taught in a preferred method. Individuality based on learning preferences is key in health promotion. The job of successful teaching falls on the educator’s knowledge of the learning process and the assorted styles of learning (Whitney, 2018). Patients who comprehend and participate in care have improved health care outcomes. Nurses must be cognizant of varied factors the affect a patient’s capability to learn beyond preferences. Nurses must understand the necessary components for change in health behaviors. Those changes consist of: vulnerability to health threats, seriousness of those threats and benefits of reducing exposure, and the benefits/risk of changing behavior (Whitney, 2018). Conclusion Learning is a critical part of life and continues through the lifespan. Understanding how one learns can give greater insight on comprehending incoming information easily. Understanding the unique styles of learning can help one become a better educator and improve the outcomes of their pupils. VARK ANALYSIS PAPER 5 References VARK ANALYSIS PAPER 6 Ezekiel, Rebecca. (n.d.). Why Is Knowing Your Learning Style Important. Studying Style. Retrieved from . Kharb, P., Samanta, P. P., Jindal, M., & Singh, V. (2013). The learning styles and the preferred teaching-learning strategies of first year medical students. Journal of clinical and diagnostic research: JCDR, 7(6), 1089-92. VARK Learn Limited. (2019). The VARK Modalities. VARK: A guide to learning styles. Retrieved from VARK Learn Limited. (2019). The VARK Questionnaire. VARK: A guide to learning styles. Retrieved from Whitney, S. (2018). Teaching and Learning Styles. In Grand Canyon University (Ed) Health Promotion: Health & Wellness Across the Continuum. Retrieved from Addendum VARK Questionnaire Results VARK ANALYSIS PAPER •Visual: 7 •Aural: 10 •Read/Write: 14 •Kinesthetic: 11 You have a multimodal learning preference. (VARK) Use the following page for study strategies that apply to your learning preference: •Multimodal strategies •Visual Strategies •Aural Strategies •Read/Write Strategies •Kinesthetic 7 ...
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