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