The kinesthetic learners, who are also known as tactile learners, grasp things in a better manner by actually doing them. Performing a physical activity associated with learning, rather than mere reading/listening helps these learners to understand things quickly. Instead of premeditating or thinking about a particular activity in advance, tactile learners resort to trying out things and understand them in the due process. They form 15% of the total population of the world.
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Characteristics of Kinesthetic Learners
  • The tactile learners should be allowed to draw, paint, sculpt and do many such things which help channelize their energy.
  • Kinesthetic learners have good observations skills which help them in seeing a particular thing and trying it out. Teaching efforts for such students need to be taken in this direction.
  • For children who have just started learning alphabets, the use of magnetic letters or letter tiles is recommended. Board games, spelling games and other such interesting activities need to be incorporated in the teaching process.
  • For teaching numbers and related concepts, one should make use of monkey bars. Using such tools gives them a feel of exploring things. Tapping/clapping out the letter and numbers that are taught should help in memorizing them quite easily.
  • Tactile learners should be encouraged to write on a regular basis. This activity involves movements and it also helps in repeating things being taught. Learning process of these students is greatly benefited from this activity.
  • Engaging these students in laboratory work is necessary, because it provides them with hands-on experience of concepts being learned during classroom sessions.external image TJonesWellness.JPG

Kinesthetic Learner Tips
The following study tips for kinesthetic learners should prove to be useful.
  • The knowledge of past experiences/learning is used by these learners for the trial and error activities they undertake. These type of learners need to experiment constantly with what they are doing. It helps minimize the mistakes of past.
  • The tools like flow charts, maps and such visual things can help tactile learners in grasping the concepts quickly. However, it would be important to note that the process of creating such graphs, flow charts and drawings is useful and not the later part of studying them.
  • Online learning is better suited for them than others. Of course they have to do a lot of reading while studying online. However, the interactive tools available online should encourage them to 'go' (proactively) for the learning activities, rather than sitting back and absorbing things that are taught in classrooms.

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