VARK learning theories


Welcome to VARK learning theories.

This course should only take a couple of minutes.  Please make sure you have a reliable internet connection before you begin.

Name the four VARK taxonomies

What is VARK?

VARK is an acronym referring to four individual learning styles identified by teacher Neil Fleming in 1987:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Reading and writing
  • Kinesthetic

It is possible to test which learning style someone might prefer by completing a VARK questionnaire.  

Complete the words for each of the VARK terms below





Identify examples of teaching and resources associated with each learning style

Which resources should we use for each learning type?

Once we recognise that individuals have different learning preferences, then we can tailor teaching and learning resources for each student to maximise the success and efficiency of our teaching.

Below are some examples of VARK resources:

  • Visual - maps, graphs, diagrams
  • Auditory - lectures, group discussions, podcasts
  • Reading and writing - textbooks, reports, text-based websites
  • Kinesthetic - demonstrations, simulations, hands-on practicals

This video summarises the main VARK learning styles and preferences 

A text article on Wikipedia is a resource most suited to which VARK style?

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Reading and writing
  • Kinesthetic

A visual preference learner would respond best to which resource?

  • Google maps
  • A textbook
  • Class discussion
  • A lecture