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
I have just completed the questionnaire… with the result of a Mild Kinesthetic learning style. I responded that I was not sure that this is me. But I have suddenly realised that it is. I have previously explored this site and identified having almost equal VISUAL, KINESTHETIC & AURAL with a low read/write. This time KINESTHETIC was significantly higher (9), with Visual (6), Aural (5) & Read/Write (4). This is surprising as my Masters is in Professional Writing. I have always had an aptitude or personal strength in written and oral communication. Naturally I would have assumed that read/write is my learning style. However, on reflection I realise I have had a life history of ‘trying new things’ and having ‘experiences’. This has been with employment, as well as in life. I have skied, rowed, played hockey, tried playing guitar, painted, drew, roller bladed, learning to sing – I have worked in business, been involved in film-making, retail, hospitality, worked in offices and engaged in physical labour. I only realise now that it is because I need to experience or ‘do’ in order to learn. And I take what I have learnt from each experience and apply it to other scenarios, whether this is in the workplace or in my leisure and social life. This is quite a revelation for me. Thanks for exploring this interesting aspect of human behavior and development. Additionally, I suspect the difference in the result is that I am no longer in a tertiary learning environment, which resources students through the Read/write, Visual and Aural to a greater degree than Kinesthetic methods. Evidence of the learning method I am most comfortable with is perhaps more apparent. (Although it was still strongly represented the first time I took the test.)
The VARK workshop session we had with you was such an eye-opener to me in many ways. I am using it for a garden group I belong to. I have put it to use with amazing results, especially in the boardroom! Also it is a handy tool to defend one’s shortcomings. I am really interested in learning more about VARK and its applications but, having a strong AK preference, I would prefer to chat with you! Many thanks for your wonderful session.
Thank you so much for your immediate response to my inquiry. I really appreciate everything! I am so looking forward to working on my dissertation using your questionnaire. Thank you for the copyright permission. I can’t wait to read the book. I love the VARK!
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.
Our learning-style, based program using VARK is alive and well. We have expanded to all 650 nursing employees and they love it.
Yes. My score does place me in Multimodal, Group One, and I can recognise in myself those attributes you describe. For different activities I switch modes. Although Multimodal Group Two is very me as well. I am keen to learn with several modes switched on to assist my learning, and I do require a long time to collect all of the information that I require to learn a new task or take on new skills. My mother would tell you of her frustration at my slow and yet encompassing learning approach as a child. As you say the profile is not set in concrete, for which I am grateful, as I feel I can now look back and recognise different learning styles at different times in my life.
I have wondered why I learn slowly and seem to demand reassurances more than others. I am almost equally R and K. Unfortunately, it was after I got out of college, I discovered the way for me to remember EVERYTHING in a lecture. It required a lot of effort.
- I write down EVERYTHING the lecturer says, including illustrative anecdotes (excluding procedural comments).
- I type up my notes, including in brackets my comments and thoughts on the material.
- I re-read the typed lecture with my comments.
- The anecdotes provide the Kinesthetic, real-life application or derivation of the point the lecturer is making.
My interests are split evenly between Kinesthetic activities (cooking, gardening, fitness) and intellectual activities (reading, writing, thinking). I need both of them in my life, and if I don’t get one at work I get the other in my spare time. The multimodal learning model explained why both are so important to me.
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.