How to Apply VARK Assessment to Note Taking

If you haven’t ever heard of the VARK assessment before, we highly recommend you check it out! VARK is a questionnaire that helps you learn by suggesting what strategies you should be using. VARK stands for visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic. Below, read a little bit more about each of the study strategies and how we suggest implementing them in your note taking!


 

Visual

This one is pretty self explanatory. Visual learners prefer to see something to learn from it. The best way to visually learn is to create pictures to help you remember something. You can do this with different formats, space, graphs, diagrams, and maps. Rather than just writing words, turn the concept into a visual aid and you’ll be more likely to understand it.

Aural

Aural learners are people that learn from listen. Sometimes the “a” can stand for acoustic to represent this to. If you are an aural learner, never skip a lecture. Hearing the professor talk will be beneficial. It would also be wise to form a study group and have discussions with others to hear the ideas expressed in different ways. Also, when looking at your notes talk out loud about them. Pretend you are teaching the concept to somebody else.

Read/Write

Again, this one is pretty self explanatory. If you are somebody who learns to read/write, you prefer things listed in lists, notes, and texts. This could be either in print or online. The best advice is to read your text book and write you notes. You can read other students notes at OmegaNotes.com or you can even write them yourself and upload them to earn some extra cash.

Kinesthetic

This is probably the most unique style of learning. Kinesthetic learners learn through movement. They like to incorporate their senses, exercises, examples, and looking at trial and error. To learn kinesthestically, provide examples in your notes that will help you remember the concept in a real world sense. You can also associate certain body movements with ideas or concepts to help you remember. For example, the popular kids show Hannah Montana provided a dance to learn the different bones of the body.


 

If you haven’t checked out the VARK assessment, look up the quiz online and find your results! After discovering what type of learner you are, you’ll be able to utilize methods and strategies to be the best student possible!

The #Struggles of Note Taking

Adjusting to college can be hard. Sometimes we aren’t sure how to adjust to taking on courses completely on our own. Gone are the days of hands outs and printed notes. Taking notes can be a struggle. Here are the standout struggles we found and how we suggest dealing with them!
“Can’t the professor slow down?”
Sometimes, professors can talk a bit speedy. It’s easy to miss what they say. There are a few solutions to this problem. One way is to read material before going to class. This isn’t always the most popular option, as many students try to skip the reading. But you really should read before so you have an idea of the material. You can also print any PowerPoints or information before class that will guide you as you take notes. You can also stop by your professor’s office hours to ask any questions. If anything, Omega Notes might have the notes you need!
“I get too distracted.”
One of the best ways to make sure you focus more is to sit up front. Honestly, being closer to the professor will help you stay focused on him or her and what he or she is saying. Make sure you put your phone away in your bag. If you keep it in your pocket, you might be more tempted to take it out during lecture. Also, maybe skip sitting next to your friends who may be notorious for keeping conversation during class.
“My handwriting isn’t the best.”
In an earlier blog, we talked about how hand writing your notes may make it easier to remember the material. Sometimes thought, when we look back we can’t really tell what we were attempting to write. The best advice for this is to retype your notes right after class. You’ll remember what you were trying to say in the notes you wrote, and it can help you retain information by going over it again. Plus, if you type your notes you’ll be able to upload them right away and get some money. It’s a win-win!
“I can’t keep things organized.”
This is something you’ll learn in time. The best way to organize notes is to group information by chapter. Date all your notes so you’ll know when they’re taken. Keep headings on any major topics and underline any key words. Again, maybe look at your notes after class and work on reorganizing them after you intially hear it.
“I don’t like the class.”
So college has these wonderful things called “gen eds.” It can be hard to get interested in them when you know they aren’t applied to the actual field you want to study. The trick is in choosing the right gen eds. Most schools offer an extremely large variety. You just have to search to find one that really will catch your interest. You may dread taking an art course because you don’t think you’ll like drawing, but there could be an art class on music! Just be sure to really look when you choose.