First year architecture students have difficulties to adapt to the new language of architectural discourse. This depends on the student's individual capabilities and adequacies as well as the department's methodology of teaching and the tutorstudent relationship. In respect of 1st year design education, it has been thought that the opinions of the learners are an important source for feedbacks for the revision and improvement of education planning strategies of the teachers. This study, which has been based on ten departments of architecture in Turkey, has been formed to reveal these difficulties from the students' point of view by means of a survey. This survey consists of interpretative questions that are related to the pre-requisites of vocational education, difficulties in learning, the evaluation of students' comprehension of basic design principles and various difficulties of educational process. The subjects that the students struggle with have been identified at the end of the survey and then the suggestions of the students offering a solution for this issue have been passed on.