We know that everyone has a different way of approaching the same task, and the same stands true when it comes to learning as well. These preferences play a role in helping an individual learn better; be it children or adults.
BYJU’S Parent Club webinar, on The Art of Storytelling, highlights the importance of learning styles when it comes to educating children.
What is the VARK model of learning styles?
Learning styles are about understanding how a learner perceives, interacts, and responds to a learning environment. It does offer certain benefits, such as helping parents and teachers understand the learning needs of the student and helps them remove barriers to learning.
In 1992, Fleming and Mills suggested four categories of learning that summarise the learning experiences of their students. That’s how the VARK model of learning styles came into existence. VARK consists of visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinaesthetic learners.
Study tips based on VARK model of learning style
Parents can use the VARK model to find out their child’s learning style and help them leverage these preferences while studying. They also need to keep in mind that these are preferences and most children learn through a combination of these learning styles.
Learning styles may help teachers and parents to support the children’s learning better. However, you must note that preferred learning style does not mean that it is the only way the child learns. It is believed that most children learn through a combination of these learning styles, which is known as multimodal learning. When two or more of these learning styles are combined, most children understand and remember the concepts better.
Parents should remember that learning is a complex process and relying on any one method of learning is likely to be ineffective for most children. Engaging in a holistic learning environment that makes effective use of different learning styles and involves multiple senses allows children to experience learning in a variety of ways and increases the odds of successful learning outcomes. Remember that there’s no one that size fits all; every child is unique and learns differently.
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