I use VARK to help my students understand how they learn best. All of them seem to study for tests the same way — but yielding different results. If I can help them understand how they learn best, they can develop study skills that will help them the rest of their lives. Also, if I understand how they learn best, I can tailor my teaching sessions to the needs of the individual student. I know this may sound idealistic, but no one ever taught me how to study when I was in school. Through trial and error, I learned my strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. Once I applied what I had learned about myself, I became a much better student. I want the same for my high school students. I want to do whatever I can to help them achieve success.
I hope to use VARK with some of our less able apprentices, to help identify their preferred learning styles so I can work with them to produce individual self-study programmes. My aim is to help bring them back up to a level with their brighter colleagues, rather than leave them behind and disheartened. I have only just discovered your questionnaires recently through my own teacher training course and after trying it on myself, I find it spookily accurate. It hasn’t cured my bad habits yet, but now I know about them! Thank you.
VARK will be used to assist students in identifying the best way to study as well as prepare for tests. I love the student form of VARK and enjoy hearing the students’ comments as they discover techniques that may be helpful as they prepare for their various classes. I do try to use VARK every year with my classes.
I have used VARK with my dyslexic students. I translated it into Icelandic myself but never sent it to you because I wasn’t completely satisfied with the translation. The questionnaire has been very, very useful to get my students to find out about themselves and think about how they learn and how they can use their own ways to get better results. They are often surprised and say, “That’s how I am. Strange to find out only by answering some questions. This is me – I’m a K “. The dyslexic students, not surprisingly, are often AK, or K or VAK and also A. In our school there are 183 dyslexic students. That is about 20% of the students in the school. We are a dyslexic friendly school (a kind of college that prepares students for university-level and there is also a vocational school in the health sector).
Every year we have in our school a group of students from the University of Iceland that are training to be teachers. I meet the group and tell them about dyslexia and the problems that dyslexic students encounter in school. They answer the VARK questionnaire to find out how they prefer to work with information and we discuss how that will affect their teaching. This is a great success and it gets them to think about themselves and their teaching.
I am the Instructional Lead Teacher for a US Middle School. We use the VARK materials to help our students to identify their learning styles. I want to tell you how much our teachers enjoyed using the online as well as the paper copy of your test. I appreciated your permission to use the materials last year. Our teachers used the information to better meet the needs of their students. The students also utilized the information to assist them study and learn.Thank you so much
VARK stresses that the learning is about an individual’s preferences and not about strengths. By understanding and developing strategies for the learning preferences, the learning potential increases because learning becomes a natural process. Understanding that people have different learning preferences enhances communication skills for all persons. The VARK questionnaire has enlightened me of the many ways to retrieve and give out information. Knowing my learning preference, I can now capitalize on my style to benefit my learning and teaching experience. I will continue to have dozens of sticky notes on my walls and I will never leave home without my thesaurus. I love words; Yes, VARK has given me great insight to the other learning preferences and ideas to develop strategies incorporating all preferences. I plan to be a better learner and teacher. It is an ancient Chinese proverb that gets to the heart of learning: “Involve me, and I understand.” I feel I am now “involved”.
Thank you Neil Fleming for creating VARK.
I wrote to you several years back when I wanted my first-semester nursing students to analyze their learning styles as part of an assignment for class. It was a popular assignment (some students said it was “fun”) and provided useful information for me and my colleagues about our students. I would like to resurrect this “fun” assignment for students, utilizing the VARK as the learning style assessment tool. Continued success with your endeavors, Mr. Fleming. Many instructors believe in and thank you for the work you have done in the field of education.
I heard about your website and research from some nurse educators who had found it extremely helpful. As I reviewed the findings from my questionnaire, it was an “aha” moment that a deeper dive into your findings would greatly enhance my work as both an instructional designer and facilitator for leadership development.
In academic session 2008-2009 our “Routes For All” team conducted the Learning Styles session, incorporating the VARK questionnaire, with 606 pupils (16-18 year olds) across 29 West of Scotland schools. The pupils we work with are targeted because they are what we would class as the ‘middle-cohort’ in the school. They are not the academic high flyers, (who are expected to gain good results and go directly to university), or the group of pupils who are academically poor who will leave school as soon as they can. As such the group we work with have been neglected somewhat by the system. At the end of the overall programme we evaluated all our sessions to see the impact these sessions had had on the pupils. We asked the pupils to score each session 1-5, with 5 being the most positive score. 88% of pupils gave the Learning Styles session a score of between 3-5. 56% of pupils gave the session a score of 4-5. 19% of pupils gave the session a score of 5.
Thanks for allowing me to use VARK in a workshop for faculty. It was a very successful workshop with 12 doctors – lots of interesting discussion. Since coming to your workshop in the UK, my second daughter (very Aural) is now doing much better (she had been copying techniques of her highly successful Read/write older sister with disastrous results).