STUDENT TIPS – VISUAL LEARNING
Did you know that in 1987 New Zealand teacher, Neil Fleming developed the VARK model to help his students understand more about their individual learning styles? When students are unsure of their learning style, they can often become frustrated and lose motivation. The VARK Model is a great tool to help gauge a students learning style and helps them retain more information for their studies.
V.A.R.K. Stands for: Visual, Aural, Reading/Writing and Kinesthetic
VISUAL – THE VARK MODEL
If you are a visual learner then you are the type of learner that prefers pictures, colors, and patterns. Visual Learners will often highlight or underline words or rely on images, fonts and graphics to retain knowledge and information. People with a visual preference prefer to draw images, maps, plans and diagrams to understand their given information better. They will often detect patterns, work with logos and branding/design, use colour and shapes as well as read gestures/body language.
When studying, a Visual Learner will use pictures, videos, slides and other tools that emphasise design over sounds or words. They should draw their own maps/diagrams to understand information and will use colour, fonts and other visual stimulus to create interesting visuals.