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Learning Styles – Kinesthetic

Posted on: August 8, 2010

The word “kinesthetic”  has to do with the body.

A kinesthetic learner learns best when some type of experience goes along with information. Rather than sitting listening to a lecture or watching a video, this type of learner wants to do an experiment or combine movement with information.

One of my favorite experts on learning, Jean Houston, says that most people are kinesthetic learners. This is why, in kindergarten, we try to do a lot of movement learning. For example, having different body moves go along with the letters of the alphabet helps students to learn more quickly. As a student gets older and there is more listening and less movement, there are still things a kinesthetic learner can do.

Kinesthetic learners are active people. They often have difficulty sitting still. So it is useful if a kinesthetic learner takes breaks when studying. Get up, walk around, play a game of solitare…:). Then go back to studying.  Some kinesthetic people like a tall desk where they can stand up to work rather than sit down.

Drawing diagrams and charts are physical activities. Use big paper and colored markers and pens. Have a whiteboard in your room to write big notes to yourself. Rewrite your lesson notes in order to help you learn the information.

Flashcards are useful since you can move them around.

Sit at the end of the row in class so that you can shift position easily.

Form or join a group in order to use role-playing to practice skills and act out what you are learning as well along with discussing topics of interest.

Get a lot of exercise so that when you do have to sit and listen, it’s easier to do.

And of course, take as many classes as you can that involve experiential learning — learning by doing. You like to do what we call in English “hands- on” activities…so find ways to get in there and experience what you want to learn.

Kinesthetic learners more than any other style like to have fun with learning! Enjoy!

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