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Multimodal Study Strategies

If you have multiple preferences you are in the majority, as approximately 60% of any population fits that category.

Multiple preferences are interesting and varied. For example you may have two strong preferences Visual and Aural (VA) or Read/write and Kinesthetic (RK), or you may have three strong preferences such as VAR or ARK. Some people have no standout scores. Their scores are almost even for all four modes. For example one person had scores of V=6, A=6, R=6, and K=6. She said that she adapted to the mode being used or requested for her learning. If the teacher, trainer or supervisor preferred a written mode she switched into Read/write for her responses and for her learning.

So multiple preferences give you choices of two or three or four modes to use for your learning and for your interaction with others. Positive reactions mean that those with multimodal preferences choose to match or align their mode to the significant others around them. But, some people have admitted that if they want to be annoying they may stay in a mode different from the person with whom they are working. For example they may ask for written evidence in an argument, knowing that the other person much prefers to use only oral information.

You will need to read two or three or four lists of strategies provided in the VARK Helpsheets. If you have two almost equal preferences please read the study strategies that apply to both preferences. If you have three preferences read the three lists that apply and similarly for those with four. There is obviously no Multimodal helpsheet. One interesting piece of information that people with multimodal preferences have told us, is that it is often necessary for them to use more than one strategy for learning and communicating. They feel insecure with only one. Alternatively those with a single preference often "get it" by using the set of strategies that align with that single preference.

We are also noticing some differences among those who are multimodal and who have chosen fewer than 25 options and those who have chosen more than 30. Those who have chosen fewer than 25 of the options in the questionnaire prefer to see their highest score as their main preference - almost like a single preference and they use each preference mode singly to suit each situation. Those who have a total VARK score larger than 30 tend to use their preferences in combination needing all their preferred modes to get a good understanding. To read more about Multimodality you can download an article written by Neil Fleming here: Multimodality


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