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Learning Styles: VARK

This material was originally created for On the Cutting Edge: Professional Development for Geoscience Faculty
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
David Mogk, Montana State University
Course: Environmental Geology
60 students
Learning styles vary greatly from individual to individual. There are several instruments available for measuring learning styles.

The Activity

I distribute the VARK survey, which helps students (and me) assess their preferred learning styles: visual, aural, reading/writing, kinesthetic. The VARK instrument also provides suggestions of study strategies and test-taking strategies for folks that are characterized as preferring one of the 4 learning dimensions. This also helps me in my own course design to try to accommodate the learning style preferences of the students.

Additional Information

The VARK survey is available online. ( This site may be offline. )