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VAK Learning Styles

The VAK Learning Styles Model suggests that most people have one of three preferred learning styles. Some people have a very strong preference, whilst others have a more even mixture of two or occasionally three styles. There is no right or wrong learning style.

The three styles are classified as follows:

Visual learners have a preference to learn by seeing, for example, pictures, diagrams, demonstrations, displays, films or charts. They usually succeed in performing a new task after reading instructions or observing someone do it first. Lists and written instructions are found useful.

Auditory learners have a preference to learn by listening to themselves or others speak. They are best able to perform a new task after listening to instructions from an expert. They tend to think in terms of sounds, like to “hear” the conversation when reading and can often remember all the words to songs that they hear.

Kinesthetic learners have a preference for physical experiences such as touching, feeling, or practical hands-on experiences. They like to learn through movement and are best able to perform a new task by going ahead themselves using trial and error and learning as they go – they like to experiment and do not look at the instructions first.

Discovering your preferred learning style will allow you to choose strategies for studying that work best for you.

Here are some links to free tests to explore your preferences: