Tactile-Kinesthetic Learners

Making up about 5% of the population, tactile and kinesthetic learners absorb information best by doing, experiencing, touching, moving or being active in some way.

  • Enjoy feeling, discovery and action
  • Remember by using tools, building models and manipulating things
  • Learn through emotions, touch, movement and space
  • Enjoy demonstrations of concept demonstrations
  • Master skills through imitation and practice.
  • Benefit from hands-on teaching techniques
  • Find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time.
  • Remember who did what in the past, rather than what they said or how they looked.
  • Prefer to stand, walk about or use large motor muscles when learning.
  • Learn well from field trips and excursions.
  • Tends to collect things
  • Do not have good handwriting
  • Are weaker at spelling.
  • Talk fast using hands to communicate
  • Benefit from role-playing and simulations
  • Enjoy having background music while studying or working.
  • Good at sports
  • Take frequent breaks when studying
  • Think in terms of physical action
  • May play a musical instrument.
  • Enjoy exploring the environment
  • Participates in martial arts, dance.
  • Can grasp concepts when abstract theories are combined with practical experience
  • Enjoy science experiments, construction games, arts ad crafts
  • Could be considered hyperactive
  • More relaxed and open to learning in a beanbag than a hard chair.
  • Good internal compass for finding their way around.
  • Get restless during long lectures
  • Comfortable touching others as a gesture of friendship
  • Prefer participating actively rather than watching  video or reading from a book
  • Learn more effectively when free to move
  • Studies effectively laying on floor or bed, fidgeting, tapping fingers or touching objects

SUGGESTIONS FOR TACTILE-KINESTHETIC LEARNERS

  • Create a model
  • Demonstrate a principle
  • Practice a technique
  • Participate in simulations
  • Engage in hands-on activities
  • Study in comfortable position, not necessarily sitting in a chair

PREFERRED TEST STYLES FOR TACTILE-KINESTHETIC LEARNERS
Multiple choice, short definitions fill in the blanks

WORST TEST TYPE
Long essay tests

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS
Dancers, physical education teachers, actors, firefighters, athletes, mimes


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