The VAKS Style

The VAKS Style

The VAK-teaching model enhances your child’s ability to learn more effectively

Understanding your child’s preferred learning style can increase the rate at which they learn. Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic teaching methods are often overlooked by schools where large numbers of children work together and accommodating individual learning styles is not always achievable.

What is a learning style?

Each of us has a natural preference for a way to receive, process and impart information. The way in which we process information is as unique as we are.

VAKS looks at three broad learning styles that we all use.

Visual

Visual

Visual - learning through seeing

Auditory

Auditory

Auditory - learning through listening

Kinesthetic

Kinesthetic

Kinesthetic - learning through moving, doing and touching

Some people have a very strong preference, while others will use a blend of all three. There is no right or wrong VAK-learning style.

For many children particularly in the early stages of development, a mixture of all three learning styles is recommended.

Find out more about your child’s learning style…

  • icon Visual
  • icon Auditory
  • icon Kinesthetic

Visual Learners...

  • Work neatly and methodically
  • Speak quickly and do not get distracted by noise
  • Are good long range planners and maintain their focus
  • Can spell well and see words in their mind
  • Can recall clearly what was seen rather than heard
  • Prefer verbal instructions to be written down
  • Are solid, confident readers
  • Doodle during conversation
  • Learn through seeing and reading
  • Think in pictures and need to create vivid mental images to retain information
  • Enjoy looking at maps, charts, pictures, videos and movies

Auditory Learners...

  • Listen well and remember what was discussed rather what was seen
  • Have a tendency to talk to themselves whilst working, and can be distracted by noise
  • Think in words rather than pictures
  • Are confident at verbally recounting, but find writing difficult
  • Enjoy reading aloud and listening to stories
  • Are talkative and love discussions
  • Find it easier to spell out loud rather than recording
  • Take longer to process information
  • Enjoy shared reading experiences including audio stories
  • Have highly developed auditory skills and are good at speaking and presenting
  • Will learn best through verbal discussion and listening to what others say
  • Learn through listening and speaking

Kinesthetic Learners...

  • Express themselves through movement
  • Learn best when feeling, moving, doing and speaking
  • Speak mindfully and slowly
  • Process information through interacting
  • Are tactile when needing the attention of others
  • Are physically orientated and use movement and gesture to communicate ideas
  • Memorise by seeing and walking
  • Need tangible experiences to recall and recount
  • Use gestures or actions with words to remember stories
  • Dislike writing and tend to be untidy
  • Find it hard to sit still for long periods of time and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration