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VAK Learning Method

As part of our formal training programme, we use the VAK learning style. Developed back in the 1920s, VAK learning method classifies the most common way people learn, in a simplified approach using the three areas - Visual Auditory Kinaesthetic. There is no right or wrong way, it's about finding how best you can absorb and understand information custom to your needs.

Because we develop and change over time, our VAK score is likely to shift, so make sure you retake the survey every once in a while. This ensures you continue to get the best experience for your learning style.

Evaluating your learning style

You'll find lots of free VAK surveys online with around 30 questions which can seem like a Cosmopolitan survey about what partner you should be looking for. There is method to the bizarre questions and at the end of it, you'll receive a score to help you discover the best way for you to learn. And it doesn't have to be just for training, understanding your VAK team score helps you deliver better team meetings.

Here's some example questions and answers to choose from - you'll notice the answers focus around learning with how you see, hear and do:

How do I complain?

  • Want to look someone on the eyes?

  • Talk to someone over the phone?

  • Hammer your fists on a table?

Imagine yourself in an uncomfortable situation – e.g. lost in a strange city

  • Would you use a map?

  • Ask someone for directions?

  • Keep walking until you worked out where you were?

What style of presentation do you prefer?

  • Charts and visual aids?

  • The words spoken?

  • Audience participation?

As part of our training process, we will send you our VAK survey and let you know your score and what type of learning style will suit you best. You can use the Visual, Auditory and Kinaethetic definitions to discover what resonates with you more.


Visual - learning with your eyes

​“Show me and I will understand”​

  • preference for seen or observed things

  • pictures, diagrams, demonstrations, displays, handouts, films, flip-chart, etc

  • likely to say ‘show me’ and ‘let’s have a look at that’

  • best able to perform a new task after reading the instructions or watching someone else do it first

  • work from lists and written directions and instructions

Auditory - learning with your ears

“Tell me and I will remember”​

  • preference for the transfer of information through listening

  • spoken word, of self or others, of sounds and noises

  • likely to say ‘tell me’ and ‘let’s talk it over’

  • best able to perform a new task after listening to instructions from an expert

  • happy being given spoken instructions over the telephone, and remember words to songs that they hear

Kinaesthetic - learning with your body

“Let me act it out”​

  • preference for physical experience

  • touching, feeling, holding, doing, practical hands-on experiences

  • likely to say ‘let me try’ and ‘how do you feel?’

  • able to perform a new task by going ahead and trying it out, learning as they go

  • like to experiment, hands-on, and do not look at the instructions first

We offer a range of training to suit your needs, get in touch to understand more.

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