One of the defining qualities of WGU’s learning model is that it allows its students to learn in a way (and a pace) that works for them in their pursuit of higher education. While every student at WGU has the same goal of graduating, they may have different paths of getting there.
In 1987, Neil Fleming, an educator from New Zealand, came up with the idea for the VARK model.
The VARK model states that people learn in four different ways: Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, and Kinesthetic. Each has its own characteristics that help students learn and retain information.
Which one are you?
The visual learning style, also known as “spatial” learning, caters to students who prefer to see the information presented to them clearly and try to visualize how different ideas and lessons relate to each other. Visual learners don’t just learn from reading the words, but by going further and illustrating the words in different ways. If you’re a visual learner, try making charts and graphs with your class material. Many visual learners use index cards to learn on the go.
Auditory learners retain information best after hearing the information and reciting it back to themselves or someone in the room. Often these learners sort things out by “talking them out” and learning to say the material in their own words. A tip for these learners: When you’re in the car, try to recite what you’ve been learning out loud. It will help you remember what you’ve learned and also can be a fun way to see what you still need to work on. You can also use a “text to speech” website, which allows you to type in your notes and the site will read them aloud to you!
Reading/Writing learners usually do their best when interacting with text and reading the information they need to retain. This is similar to the “visual” learning style, but deals more with the actual words rather than charts and graphs. Many employers look for strong reading and writing skills when hiring. A tip to retain your material: Try to annotate the notes from your class yourself. It can help you remember key concepts and can also help for studying in the future.
Kinesthetic or “tactile” learners learn through experiencing or doing things and usually will jump at the chance to participate in a hands-on activity. WGU has a competency-based learning model, which means students are given credit for the knowledge they’ve acquired through their jobs outside of school. Kinesthetic leaners should look ahead in their lesson plans and try to apply new concepts in real life.
All of these learning styles have unique characteristics that help students succeed. No matter what your learning style is, WGU offers the flexibility to succeed on your terms. If you’d like to find out more information on how you can get started on your educational journey, please visit https://www.wgu.edu/admissions.html.