Learning Styles: Modes
Kinesthetic learners need to move around and work manually with ideas. You touch things a lot. Smells and textures are important. You sometimes have difficulty sitting still in class just listening. The more activity you experience while doing a skill, the better you learn it. The more skin and muscles you use, the better you remember. Even small motions that seem unrelated to the activity such as swing a leg, drawing, or knitting help you understand ideas. You also enjoy playing 'Gestures' rather than 'Pictionary' or 'Taboo.' You learn best by doing or experiencing something. The more senses you can involve in learning, the better you will remember it.
Helpful Hints for Improving Kinesthetic Input:
- Sit where you can actively participate in classroom events.
- Sit where you can move as needed without disturbing others.
- Draw pictures in class of the material being taught.
- Take notes creatively.
- Ask and answer questions.
- Make models of the concepts whenever possible.
- As you study, move around.
- Walk and talk to yourself about material. Each lap you make, try moving at a different speed or style like skipping, sliding sideways, walking backwards, etc. Also include different voices. Sing, etc.
- Work on a chalk or whiteboard when you can.
- Incorporate pictures of models, if possible.
- Pat yourself on the back - physically - when you do well.
- Make sure your pen and writing materials please you.
- Make physical comfort a priority as you study.
- Make note cards, sample tests.
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