Tactile/Kinesthetic Learner

Learning Style, HandTactile/Kinesthetic learners learn best when they can use their sense of touch and can move about. If you are a tactile/kinesthetic learner, the suggestions that follow can help you to succeed in school to the best of your ability.

  • Be physically active while you study. Rather than just sit at your desk, occasionally walk back and forth with your textbook or notes as you read the information out loud.
  • To decrease your fidgeting as you study, listen to music, preferably baroque music. However, discontinue this if you find the music to be distracting.
  • Make extensive use of a computer and the Internet. Actively touching the keyboard will keep your mind active.
  • Take extensive written notes in class. Edit and type them later.
  • Study in short blocks of time with frequent but short breaks.
  • Do something physical as you study such as tapping a pencil or squeezing a stress ball.
  • Use your finger as a guide while reading.
  • Act out things you have to learn whenever possible.
  • Construct models of things you have to learn whenever possible.
  • If you find it difficult to sit at a desk when studying, trying lying on your stomach or back.
  • When trying to remember information, close your eyes and “write” the information in the air. Picture the information in your mind as you do so.
  • Use concrete objects to help you understand math concepts.
  • When trying to learn the spelling of a difficult word, arrange letter blocks to spell the word.

Try these suggestions and learn which ones work best for you.