Center for Teaching Excellence

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600 Forbes Avenue 20 Chatham Square
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Email: cte@duq.edu
Phone: 412.396.5177

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    Discover Your Learning Style

    An obstacle to effective teaching and learning can arise when students and instructors fail to recognize different learning styles.  People learn in different ways.

    “There are many roads to learning . . . Brilliant students in the seminar room may be all thumbs in the lab or art studio” (Chickering & Gamson, 1991).

    For students, discovering how you learn can help you develop strategies for studying more effectively.  For instructors, incorporating different learning styles into your teaching repertoire will increase students’ comprehension of materials.

     

    For Students

    Discovering how you learn helps to identify strategies for studying and better prepares you to accommodate and mitigate instruction that differs from your preferred approach to learning.  Two educators (Fleming and Mills) have developed a sensory based system that divides people into five types of learners. The acronym VARK is used to describe four basic modes of learning:

    V -- Visual Learners  =  learn  best via images, maps, graphs, etc.

    A -- Auditory Learners  =  learn predominately via listening and talking

    R -- Reading and Writing Learners  =  learn via reading and note taking

    K -- Kinesthetic Learners  =  learn by activity and trying things

    Many people use multiple modes (MM), combing the visual, auditory, reading or kinesthetic modes.  You can discover which learning style you prefer by taking a free, sixteen question, online assessment.

    Take the Vark Inventory

    Explore Study Strategies for your Style

     

    For Instructors

    Studies of how people learn and process information reveal that we have different learning styles.  Professors who recognize the various learning styles can assist student learning by adapting their presentations to reach multiple styles of learning.  Two educators (Fleming and Mills) have developed a sensory based system that divides people into five types of learners. The acronym VARK is used to describe the four basic modes of learning:

    V -- Visual Learners  =  learn  best via images, maps, graphs, etc.

    A -- Auditory Learners  =  learn predominately via listening and talking

    R -- Reading and Writing Learners  =  learn via reading and note taking

    K -- Kinesthetic Learners  =  learn by activity and trying things

    Many people use multiple modes (MM), combing the visual, auditory, reading or kinesthetic modes.  You can discover your own preference for learning styles by taking a free online assessment of sixteen questions.

     

    Take the Vark Inventory

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