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This test will revolutionise the way you learn

All of us learn in very different ways. Understanding how you learn best can help you optimise the way you work in class and how you study. 


What is a VARK test anyway?

The VARK questionnaire works to identify your preferred learning style and then suggests strategies for you to use. The VARK model indicates that there are four main types of learners: Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and Kinaesthetic.


Visual learners

Visual learners learn best by seeing and they prefer visual information, such as charts, diagrams, illustrations, handouts, and videos. 

Some useful strategies for visual learners to take in information are:

  • use pictures, videos, posters, slides, flow charts and graphs
  • underline text, using different colours and highlighters

To perform well in tests, tasks and exams:

  • draw things and use diagrams
  • practice turning your visuals back into words.


Auditory learners

Aural learners learn best by hearing and then remembering information.

Some useful strategies for auditory learners to take in information are:

  • attend classes, discussions and tutorials
  • discuss topics with others or explain new ideas to other people

To perform well in tests, tasks and exams:

  • imagine talking with the examiner
  • speak your answers aloud or inside your head


Read/Write learners

Reading and writing learners prefer to absorb information displayed as words. Primarily text-based learning materials are strongly favoured by these learners.

Some useful strategies for read/write learners to take in information are:

  • use lists, headings, dictionaries, glossaries and definitions
  • use handouts, textbooks and written notes

To perform well in tests, tasks and exams:

  • write practice exam answers
  • practice with multiple choice questions


Kinaesthetic learners

Kinaesthetic (or tactile) learners learn best by touching and doing. Hands-on experience is vital to these learners.

Some useful strategies for kinaesthetic learners to take in information are:

  • use all five senses to absorb information – sight, touch, taste, smell and hearing
  • make the most of field trips and other hands-on experiences

To perform well in tests, tasks and exams:

  • write practice answers and paragraphs
  • role play the exam situation


What if you are a combination? 

There are various combinations of the four preferences. If your VARK Profile shows you are a combination, you’ll need to look at those two descriptions and keywords together. 

Are you ready to change up the way you learn? Jump online and take the VARK test here.

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