On this page, you can read about the experiences of others with a VR learning preference.
Why not share your experiences too?
- Do you consider yourself a VR person?
- Are there aspects of your life where your VR preference is obvious?
- What study strategies do you find helpful, as someone with a VR preference?
Leave a comment below to tell us about your experiences as someone with a VR preference.
I have always known that I am a Visual and Read/write learner. I take a lot of notes in lectures and colour code my notes. I learn best by taking notes with diagrams associated with it. If I have to listen for too long I find that I switch off and start to daydream. In class I will listen and take notes but not very often ask questions. I am too busy taking it in. I will think of the questions at the end of the class or later when revising. I am easily distracted and find it hard to concentrate unless I have something Visual to focus on. I read a lot and if I need to know something I will get a book out and re-read it often or when the subject comes up.
I 100% agree with the VARK preference. I read almost everything, and sometimes repeatedly. So much to the extent I wonder why other people did not know something, or didn’t identify or locate a place even… they may not be reading or as highly visual of a learner as I maybe. I really do miss hard copy maps with all the images and charts and information. I thought that maybe I knew how to read a map because I had to help a parent navigate to certain places, but now it may be that I enjoyed maps to begin with because they appealed to my learning preference.
I also enjoy reading charts and diagrams and imagining them in different ways. I enjoy diagrams and charts so much that take great pleasure in jokes about them, or visual jokes where they are used. Example a pie chart with 2 colors, and a small slice — and the description of the small slice- “Time spent watching Neflix” the rest, “Time spent searching for a Netflix movie.”
I also notice that my teaching style is to visually present things, and layout and graphics are high on my priority list. I believe that if something can be presented in a visual way that the learner can make sense from, without the distraction of extra “cute graphics”, then they can be more independent in their practice.
I hope that being a visual learner is a benefit in my classroom as a teacher of students with Autism, who need to learn visual representation to learn to communicate.
I also am someone who writes things down to remember things, or even as a teacher, I may write down a reminder, or list, or encourage students to write for themselves to help solidify their learning and improve retention for the next time.
I still write down, take notes, in teacher/staff trainings. And if I find something to be particularly interesting I may make as separate note of it and post in my home until I investigate it further, or something new I learned replaces it (I tend to limit the amount of print written visuals in my home though, because I will re-read, fixate on them a bit — example, I remove labels from dish soap, shampoos, lotions, otherwise I will spend time reading and re reading what is printed on the bottles. So while I recognize I prefer learning visually, I also notice too many visuals, or certain ones can be a distraction.
I was surprised by Aural wasn’t as high, as I do talk to process my learning or know that talking to people is how I have learned things also, and I believe I would know less if it wasn’t for the time spent talking to others about ideas, or what they do, their experiences, what they know.