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Subject: Learning Styles and Boardgaming - Take the test rss

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John Shortall
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An interesting topic arose the other day with much debate about how people relate to boardgame playing and content and understanding rules. The VARK questionnaire is a Learning Styles test that may give you an idea of what your strengths are and what games appeal to you:

Visual - Looking at Pictures, Diagrams, Photos etc.
Aural - Listening, Talking, Discussion
Reading/Writing - Comprehension and understanding text, writing things down
Kinesthetic - Touching, feeling

We have made some interesting comparisons with how we learn how to play.
Some games really appeal and I can generally pick them up quickly. These are games with visual appeal and generally lots of eye candy and accessible rules. Some other games leave me completely lost.

REMEMBER TO KEEP TO YOUR FIRST IMMEDIATE IMPRESSION OF THE ANSWER.

http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=questionnaire
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Interesting. I came out as follows:

Visual: 3
Aural: 6
Read/Write: 3
Kinesthetic: 5

I remember from college that I always did better in things if I attended classes, rather than having to read up on subjects. Listening to a teacher explaining things, or discussing things with teachers and fellow students always made sure I retained the information. But I also like practical examples, even if it's only in speech. Hypothetical situations, for instance, give me a better understanding of things.

When learning boardgames, if I have to learn from reading the rules, I tend to have the board and pieces next to me, so I can look at everything, set up sample situations, so I can see directly what the text is going on about.
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Your scores were:

Visual: 2
Aural: 3
Read/Write: 5
Kinesthetic: 6
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Bryan Maxwell
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* Visual: 4
* Aural: 6
* Read/Write: 5
* Kinesthetic: 4
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* Visual: 4
* Aural: 6
* Read/Write: 11
* Kinesthetic: 5
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Michael Hovan
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* Visual: 6
* Aural: 4
* Read/Write: 12
* Kinesthetic: 6

This is interesting to consider for sure.

I best learn a game by reading the rules and looking at the components, then by playing it by myself to check out the mechanics (referencing the rules while doing so). Then I read the rules again to see what I missed. I also learn by having someone experienced explain it to me and then just playing it. I ask questions the entire time. Both styles are similar - one uses a paper copy of the rules and the other is a human copy of them. Yet my aural was the lowest of all. Go figure.
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* Visual: 8
* Aural: 8
* Read/Write: 9
* Kinesthetic: 13
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I got:

* Visual: 10
* Aural: 4
* Read/Write: 9
* Kinesthetic: 7

This confirms my theory that I am a visual learner and I usually don't get much from lectures.
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* Visual: 5
* Aural: 7
* Read/Write: 10
* Kinesthetic: 5


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Visual: 5
Aural: 5
Read/Write: 7
Kinesthetic: 4
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Kevin Salch
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Visual: 3
Aural: 6
Read/Write: 10
Kinesthetic: 12

Makes sense to me
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* Visual: 6
* Aural: 7
* Read/Write: 5
* Kinesthetic: 8

I was a bit irritated first, that reading / writing is that low, being a writer myself. But it is right - I often try out a solitaire game before I play it with others. I have to experience, wht`s happening! And being a screenwriter working a lot with sheets of scenes put in an order rather on the floor than on the PC screen or dialogue read aloud and "tried" this result fits better than I thought.
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James Cheevers
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Visual: 2
Aural: 2
Read/Write: 13
Kinesthetic: 6

This makes sense with my folder full of rulebooks.
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8/10/13/7.
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* Visual: 13
* Aural: 6
* Read/Write: 6
* Kinesthetic: 10

Play a learning game over struggling through a rule book.
Play the game over listening to an explainer.


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Visual: 10
Aural: 12
Read/Write: 12
Kinesthetic: 8
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I kindof figured it would turn out this way...

Visual: 10
Aural: 4
Read/Write: 6
Kinesthetic: 12
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Visual: 11
Aural: 4
Read/Write: 9
Kinesthetic: 5

Very visual and texty, not so aural or active.
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Visual: 11
Aural: 8
Read/Write: 8
Kinesthetic: 7

Pretty well balanced, meaning I use the best methods to learn or teach based on the situation.
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* Visual: 9
* Aural: 6
* Read/Write: 9
* Kinesthetic: 7

I guess this suggests what I already knew, that I'm more visual than aural as a learner.
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Visual: 10
Aural: 3
Read/Write: 7
Kinesthetic: 2


Pretty much what I expected...
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Your scores were:

Visual: 1
Aural: 5
Read/Write: 7
Kinesthetic: 8
I'm Very suprised by those results! I thought i was more of a visual person
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V:12
A:10
R:10
K:10
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Linda Baldwin
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Visual: 6
Aural: 6
Read/Write: 15
Kinesthetic: 9

Yup, sounds like me all right. (I think it's because I can go back to hard copy again and again without feeling stupid.)
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April VanGelderen
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Mine was

Visual: 4
Aural: 3
Read/Write: 6
Kinesthetic: 6

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