Your preferred learning modality can impact your educational experience. A visual learner, for instance, will thrive when information is presented in the form of maps, graphs and diagrams. A reader might retain that info better if it were presented in a book or manual.
The aural (or auditory) learner, meanwhile, best retains information when it is presented orally through words and sounds. Group discussions and lectures are the domain of auditory learners, compared to the quiet isolation of a library.
Of course, overlap among these styles is inevitable. You have only to think back on your own experience to determine that it’s possible to learn using multiple modalities, either interchangeably or simultaneously. Accordingly, the VARK model doesn’t assign one modality to each person but proposes that people generally prefer a certain type (or types) of learning to others.
It is also important to mention that this model does not replace the important process of defining and addressing each person’s needs outside their preferred method of learning.