VARK III

I recently wrote a post about the VARK theory, or different types of learners: visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic. Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about reading/writing learners.

 

Reading and writing earners are learners who, you guessed it, read and write when trying to learn. They prefer to read printed information.

 

You might be an visual learner if:

l You prefer to read texts yourself rather than be read to

l You take good notes in class

l You prefer studying alone in a quiet place

l You perform better on written exams than on oral ones

l You like classes with well-spoken teachers who use long, proper sentences

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You might have identified with one or two of those characteristics, or you might have found that they all describe you perfectly. If you feel like you might be a reading/writing learner, here are some resources you can use to increase your productivity and be the best learner you can be.

 

l Textbooks

l Glossaries

l Lists

l Newspapers and magazines

l Verbatim notes

l Example essays

l Practice test sample answers

 

Reading/writing learners are not better or worse than any other type of learner, they’re simply different. If a teacher doesn’t know how to get through to you, someone else might.

Senior Ditch Day

Ditch Day (or Skip Day, depending on where you live) is when a group of students, or the whole class, decides to skip school for a day. The tradition is commonly practiced among high school seniors looking to have some fun before graduation. But, it can be kind of hard to find something the whole group wants to do. So what are some cool things a senior can do for one last hurrah with his or her friends?
1- A picnic in the park
Grab some friends and have a park picnic or a BBQ. One or two people bring the meat, another the grill. Assign someone to bring snacks and drinks and maybe a football to kick around. A speaker is essential as well. My friends and I did this for someone’s birthday one year and it was a lot of fun.
2- A day at the beach
Near the end of the school year, the weather is warm enough to spend the day at the beach. It might be empty since it’ll probably be a weekday and you and your group can have tons of fun splashing in the waves and building sandcastles.
3- Watch some movies
Take some time to compile a list of movies you all loved as a kid and then spend a day at somebody’s house watching them. Everyone loves a trip down memory lane, and what better time for one than just before the end of a large chapter of your life.
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4- Take a trip to an amusement park
Some cities have really fun amusement parks where you can spend a day getting your adrenaline levels up. And, you get to scream away all the stress.
5- Do some community service
Why not spend a day leaving a lasting effect on your community? Organize a beach/park cleanup. Volunteer at a nursing home and make some senior citizens smile. There’s no better feeling than knowing you’re doing something good.
Ditch Days are a senior tradition, bit make sure you don’t do anything that can get you in trouble. Nothing would ruin your fun faster.

 

TOEFL iBT vs iTP

What is TOEFL?
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a language proficiency test used to test students’ levels of English. The test can be used for immigration purposes, job entrance, and university entrance. It is most commonly used in countries where English is not a first language or for students/applicants arriving from those countries.
TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test)
This test is taken over the internet in a testing center. The iBT contains 4 sections: reading, writing, speaking, and listening and will take around 4.5 hours to finish.
Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading 60–80 minutes 36–56 questions Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Listening 60–90 minutes 34–51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.
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TOEFL ITP 
The ITP is a paper-based test and does not measure speaking ability. The test only takes around 2 hours to complete.
Section Number of Questions Admin. Time Score Scale
Listening Comprehension 50 35 minutes 31–68
Structure and Written Expression 40 25 minutes 31–68
Reading Comprehension 50 55 minutes 31–67
TOTAL 140 115 minutes 310–677

More Information
– TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
– The tests happen multiple times a year.
– Tests can be taken as many times as you want, with a 12 day gap between tests.
– Official scores can be sent to up to 4 universities.

 

VARK — Auditory

I recently wrote a post about the VARK theory, or different types of learners: visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic. I later wrote a post detailing visual learners and some techniques that would help a visual learner be more productive.

Auditory learners are learners who utilize videos, recordings, and explanations in learning. They prefer to see hear rather than see.

You might be an auditory learner if:

l You prefer read texts out loud to yourself.

l You memorize by reciting information out loud.

l You’re able to make good notes of information you’ve heard.

l You perform better on oral exams than written ones.

l You prefer working with background noise.

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You might have identified with one or two of those characteristics, or you might have found that they all describe you perfectly. If you feel like you might be an auditory learner, here are some strategies you can use to increase your productivity and be the best learner you can be.

l Find a study group. Having someone explain the information to you might help you understand it better.

l Read texts out loud.

l Try using songs or raps to remember lists or difficult information.

l Make a study playlist with songs that make you feel energized. Listen to it while you work. Sing along if you want to!

l Always have a video handy that goes with your material

Auditory learners are not better or worse than any other type of learner, they’re simply different. If a teacher doesn’t know how to get through to you, someone else might.