Friday, March 16, 2012


VARK is a questionnaire that provides students with a profile of their learning style and preferences. These preferences are about the ways a person wants to take-in and give-out information. A learning style influences how you understand and process information best. Here at ASP we recomend determing your learning style and tailoring your study habits to your learning preferces.

To determine your learning style fill out the questionnaire here:

Based on your learning preferance, here are some law school tips from ASP!

Visual Learners:

Visual learners could also be described as Graphic learners. They prefer diagrams, charts, graphs, flowcharts, etc. Visual does not include videos or powerpoint.
  • Create flowcharts
  • Use highlighting, circling,
    boxing, and underlying as visual cues for briefs, notes and exams
  • Place emphasis on determining what visual aid best works for you, i.e. thought bubbles, charts, graphs, etc and implement throughout study process

Auditory Learners:

Auditory Learners prefer information that is heard or spoken. They learn best from lectures, tutorials, and tapes, discussing the material and talking things through.

  • Place emphasis on listening in class vs. writing down everything said during class
  • Talk with classmates after class about what you learned
  • Purchase/use review cds and tapes
  • Participate in class discussion

Read/Write Learners:

Read/Write learners have a preference for information displayed as words. They prefer text-based input and output, reading and writing in all forms.

  • Place emphasis on writing notes prior to class and during class
  • Create checklists for subjects
  • Learns well from powerpoints
  • Focus on words and their meaning

Kinesthetic Learners:

The perceptual preference related to the use of experience and practice (real or simulated).

  • Create and engage in hypotheticals
  • Find the connection to reality
  • Include lots of examples in notes and outlines
  • Put yourself in the shoes of the student who the Professor is speaking to.
  • Participate in class discussion, request more examples or practical application in-class

Information for this blog posting adapted in part from the VARK website.