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VAK LEARNING STYLES SELF ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Note the answer that most represents how you generally behave.

a) Read the instructions first 

b) Listen to an explanation from someone who has used it before 

c) Go ahead and have a go, I can figure it out as I use it 

a) Look at a map 

b) Ask for spoken directions 

c) Follow my nose and maybe use a compass 

a) Write instructions down for them 

b) Give a verbal explanation 

c) Demonstrate first and then let them have a go 

a) Watch how I do it 

b) Listen to me explain 

c) You have a go 

a) Watching what the teacher is doing 

b) Talking through with the teacher exactly what I am supposed to do 

c) Give it a try myself and work it out as I go 

a) Watching the band members and other people in the audience 

b) Listening to the lyrics and the beats 

c) Moving in time with the music 

a) Focus on the words or pictures in front of me 

b) Discuss the problem and the possible solutions in my head 

c) Move around a lot, fiddle with pens and pencils and touch things 

a) Looking at something 

b) Being spoken to  

c) Doing something 

a) Visualise the worst-case scenarios 

b) Talk over in my head what worries me most 

c) Can’t sit still, fiddle and move around constantly 

a) Write lots of revision notes and diagrams 

b) Talk over my notes, alone or with other people 

c) Imagine making the movement or creating the formula 

 

a) Show them what I mean 

b) Explain to them in different ways until they understand 

c) Encourage them to try and talk them through my ideas as they do it 

a) Keep replaying in my mind what it is that has upset me 

b) Raise my voice and tell people how I feel 

c) Stamp about, slam doors and physically demonstrate my anger 

a) Writing notes or keeping printed details 

b) Saying them aloud or repeating words and key points in my head 

c) Doing or practising the activity or imagining it being done 

a) Writing a letter 

b) Complaining over the phone 

c) Taking them back to the store or posting them back to head office 

a) I see what you mean 

b) I hear what you are saying 

c) I know how you feel 

Now add up how many A’s, B’s and C’s you selected. 

A’s = 

B’s = 

C’s = 

If you chose mostly A’s you have a VISUAL learning style 

If you chose mostly B’s you have an AUDITORY learning style 

If you chose mostly C’s you have a KINAESTHETIC learning style 

Some people find that their learning style may be a blend of two or three styles, in this case read about the styles that apply to you in the explanation.

SCHOOL LIAISON AND ACADEMIC MENTOR

MEGAN MUFF

If you have any queries or questions contact me on mmuff@stvincent.ac.uk  

VAK LEARNING STYLES EXPLANATION

VISUAL / AUDITORY / KINAESTHETIC

The VAK learning styles model suggests that most people can be divided into one of three preferred styles of learning.  These three styles are as follows, (there is no right or wrong learning style) 

  • Someone with a visual learning style has a preference for seen or observed things, including pictures, diagrams, demonstrations, displays, handouts, films, flipchart, etc.  These people will use phrases such as “show me” , “let’s have a look at that” and will be best able to perform a new task after reading the instructions or watching someone else do it first.  These are the people who will work from lists and written directions and instructions. 
  • Someone with an auditory learning style has a preference for the transfer of information through listening: to the spoken word of self or others, of sounds and noises.  These people will use phrases such as “tell me” , “let’s talk it over” and will be best able to perform a new task after listening to instructions from an expert.  These are the people who are happy being given spoken instructions over the phone, and can remember all the words to songs they hear! 
  • Someone with a kinaesthetic learning style has a preference for physical experience – touching, feeling, holding, doing, practical hands-on experiences.  These people will use phrases such as “Let me try”, “how do you feel?” and will be best able to perform a new task by going ahead and trying it out, learning as they go.  These are the people who like to experiment, hands-on, and never look at the instructions first! 

People commonly have a main preferred learning style, but this will be part of a blend of all three.  Some people have a very strong preference; other people have a more even mixture of two, or less commonly, three styles. 

When you know your preferred learning style(s) you understand the type of learning that works best for you. 

There is no right or wrong learning style.  The point is that there are types of learning that are right for your own preferred learning style. 

If you want to know more about how this may affect you with your college learning please contact me on mmuff@stvincent.ac.uk  

TIPS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS

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BE FULLY ENGAGED IN THE FIRST FEW WEEKS!

ADVICE FROM MEGAN

When you join us you will surrounded by new people and have a new teacher. It is important to participate and engage in all activities. This will make learning in the following weeks easier!

  • Overall study timetable should be created so you can arrange times to work on each subject! Think about when you work best.  
  • Within each subject you study you should have a clear plan of what you are required to know for upcoming exams, so you can be specific in your plans. 
  • If you are told what topic you will be covering in the next lesson, do some preparation! Google the topic or look in books to understand key terms so you understand lesson content quicker.  
  • After a lesson you should restructure your notes so they are logical and easy to understand. If you do not understand something leave space for more notes and do some research! 
  • When it comes to revising for a test looking through notes is the first step, by making them comprehensive and clear it will be a lot easier to get started.
  • You must attend lessons in order to gain knowledge and content, if you miss a lesson you must figure out what you missed.
  • DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP. Teachers are there to help, but they aren’t psychic. You need to tell them so they can give you more information. 
  • At college, you a wide range of qualified professional’s that can help you with any issues you have. Your time at college should be used effectively so you can enjoy your free time. 
  • If you say you’re too tired tonight and you tell yourself you will get up early, you most likely won’t! If you need to do something set a time and stick to it.
  • In lessons, you may be taught material, but that doesn’t mean you have learnt it. Have discussions with friends, read notes out loud or try to teach someone what you’ve learnt. This will help you take in the new information.  
  • Working with friends has the potential to be the best thing you can do, but can also be the worst. If you ensure you stay focused on work then it is great to share knowledge and solve problems together. A problem shared is a problem halved.
  • Find what works for you, some people prefer to set time related goals; for example, work for 1 hour. This is risky because you can easily procrastinate time away 
  • I would recommend task related goals; for example; read and review 1 chapter however long it takes.  
  • Make the goals realistic, if you set too much to do before stopping you will end up taking more breaks. 
  • Break up large chunks of work with short breaks, be active in these breaks and move around. If you take a break for too long or become too relaxed then you may not start working again!
  • Although you need to ensure you do all work, somethings will be more important to get done at certain times. Be aware of your lessons and understanding, if something is harder you may need to give yourself more time. 
  • Get into a routine of doing homework at a certain time i.e. before dinner every evening. You also need to find a distraction-free workspace- DO NOT DO WORK IN BED, find somewhere that you can be productive.
  • Regular testing will keep your brain working, go over old topics as well as new ones. Don’t let it fade in your memory. Predict exam questions with friends and try to answer them- even if they don’t come up exactly you may cover a topic!
  • Be confident in your knowledge, do everything you can to learn. If you have any worries write them down and come back to them later to work out solutions. 
  • Set goals and stick to them, you should have them clear to see in your study space so you know what you are working towards! Don’t be afraid to reward yourself for success.

GCSE MATHS AND

ENGLISH SUPPORT

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HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

(GCSE ENGLISH/MATHS)

STEPH SEAR

If you have any queries or questions contact me on ssear@stvincent.ac.uk  

CAREERS SUPPORT

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AWARD WINNING ADVICE

CAREERS TEAM

LIBBY AND ALISTAIR

To book an individual, impartial careers interview today, pop an email to either Libby lmoore@stvincent.ac.uk or Alistair alambon@stvincent.ac.uk.

WHAT IS A CV?

A CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a document you provide to potential employers to advertise your skills and abilities in an attempt to gain employment.  

WHAT DO I INCLUDE IN MY CV?

Your Name, Address, Email, Telephone Number (Optional) & DOB if under 18. 

4-6 lines about your unique selling points.

Bullet points enhancing your employability skills.

Put your most recent experiences/employment first. This includes all placements, volunteering, work experience and paid part time work.

This is optional. You can use it for any training courses or special skills you may have. For example First Aid, IT Skills & Driving Licence. 

This is usually one line, showing what you are interested outside of college. 

Usually you see written ‘References available upon request’. References need to be people you know you as an individual (not a friend or family member). A reference should be someone who has seen you in an occupational or academic setting, for example your teacher or Progress Tutor, always ask them first.  

Do – Be clear and concise. Ensure your information is laid out nicely and relevant to the job you’re applying for. It should not be longer than 2 pages. 

Do – Have clear headings and sections 

Do – Put your most impressive achievements first 

Do – Use bullet points & short sentences 

Do – Check spelling and grammar 

Don’t – include pictures, personal information like sex, height ,weight or family status 

Don’t – use coloured paper and varying font  

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