Do you need to see a name written before you remember it? Each of us has a predominate style, all of us use some of every style, and most of us have a least preferred style.
Research on personality and brain function, especially related to the differences in left and right hemispheric functions, indicate that each person stores and communicates information in a preferred way.
Although there is some overlap between them they are defined as follows: These learners need to see the teacher's body language and facial expression to fully understand the content of a lesson.
They tend to prefer sitting at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions (e.g. They may think in pictures and learn best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flipcharts and hand-outs.
If you have three preferences read the three lists that apply and similarly for those with four. One interesting piece of information that people with multimodal preferences have told us is that it is often necessary for them to use more than one strategy for learning and communicating. Alternatively those with a single preference often "get it" by using the set of strategies that align with that single preference.
We are also noticing some differences among those who are multimodal and who have chosen fewer than 25 options and those who have chosen more than 30.These learners learn best through anything that can be read and written.They learn best through interaction with print including lists, headings, glossaries, definitions, handouts, textbooks, manuals or the teacher’s notes.If the teacher or supervisor preferred a written mode she switched into Read/write for her responses and for her learning.So multiple preferences give you choices of two or three or four modes to use for your learning and for your interaction with others.For example they may ask for written evidence in an argument, knowing that the other person much prefers to refer only to oral information. You will need to read two or three or four lists of strategies provided in the help sheets.If you have two almost equal preferences please read the study strategies that apply to both preferences.Those who have chosen fewer than 25 of the options in the questionnaire prefer to see their highest score as their main preference - almost like a single preference and they use their preferences singly to suit each situation.Those who have a total VARK score larger than 30 tend to use their preferences in combination.The written words are not as valuable as those you hear. If you have a strong preference for learning by Reading and Writing (R & W) learning you should use some or all of the following: To take in the information: You like this page because the emphasis is on words and lists. For example one person had scores of V=6, A=6, R=6, and K=6.You believe the meanings are within the words, so any talk is OK but this handout is better. If you have multiple preferences you are in the majority, as approximately 60% of any population fits that category. For example you may have two strong preferences Visual and Aural (VA) or Read/write and Kinesthetic (RK), or you may have three strong preferences such as VAR or ARK. She said that she adapted to the mode being used or requested.