Thank you so much for providing such a great tool for educators to use. I greatly appreciate it.
My new nursing students have completed the VARK and have submitted the “styling” assignment based on VARK results. Their feedback was positive, and I am enjoying reading all the analysis papers. Thank you so very much..
Hi Neil, A couple of years ago we purchased your books on VARK and we also used your website to assess our students learning preferences. We made this a mandatory part of our course to teach our students independent learning skills. Thought you may like to know that we were awarded an Excellence in Education Award from the Australian College of Educators in 2006. We try to encourage our students to understand how they learn and so go on to choose and plan their own learning .
Hi Neil, its all good. Thanks very much. A fascinating and most helpful report.
My LD students are learning what their preferences are for learning. They are pretty excited when what the survey says fits. It’s nice to have a document that shows that they learn differently and not that they are incapable of learning.
I wish somebody had introduced this to me before I had gone through fourteen years of frustrated learning. (I figured out how to learn my Junior Year of College) Thanks for this wonderful site and its wonderful tools!
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.