You may be wondering what we mean by kinaesthetic learners, well, you might just be one without having fully realised it yet. Kinaesthetic learning is a form of tactile learning, which means that learning effectively occurs when you participate in physical activities, rather than just simply observing lectures or demonstrations.
Discovering that you learn much more efficiently in a kinaesthetic fashion can have a big impact upon your education. Knowing and understanding how best you learn can help you to achieve what your capable of. However, when it comes to revision or self-learning, when often books, videos and online resources are all that are to hand, applying the characteristics of kinaesthetic learning can be challenging. Fear not though, as TopperQ are here to help you tackle your revision in a more pragmatic, and practical, way.
Use flash cards
Flash cards are a proven and trusted revision technique, that just happen to be particularly effective with kinaesthetic learners. This is because flash cards are able to turn simple recall into a game with physical cues and patterns. The twin practices of writing out the cards initially, and then proceeding to rhythmically flip through them engages several parts of our brain. Getting creative and jazzing up the cards also makes them more engaging. The other beauty of flashcards is that they’re equally useful when revising individually or with one or more people. Mnemonic learning devices, such as rhymes or formulas, can also be hugely beneficial for kinaesthetic learners.
Study in shorter bursts
If you’re a kinaesthetic learner you tend to struggle with sitting still and remaining focused and engaged for lengthy, uninterrupted periods of time. This, however, does not mean that you should spend less time studying than your peers overall. Instead, by breaking your studying down into shorter but more regular chunks, your revision will become much more worthwhile. These regular breaks should include exercise, and healthy physical distractions, though, rather than vegging out in front of the TV.
Remembering the previous point about getting creative with flash cards, these principals of adding artistry and imagination to study should be applied across the board. One key tip for you kinaesthetic learners is that you should be encouraged, whenever possible, to interact physically with your education. Certain subjects, such as the humanities and sciences, lend themselves to model making, diagram drawing and experiments. As long as these activities are relevant, and conducted safely with any necessary supervision to hand, can massively aid your learning.
Study with different people
As a kinaesthetic learner you often enjoy, and can benefit from, on-topic discussion, debate and interaction. Therefore, by studying with parents and/or peers, you can enhance your study experience, and gather insight from the perspectives of others. However, it should be ensured that any prospective study sessions with friends remain on task. Engaging in a physical activity with a partner(s) whilst studying can also help your retention of key information. For instance, pairing up with someone and throwing a ball between yourselves, punctuating questions and answers, may prove an effective technique.
And in different places
Standing, rather than sitting through periods of extended study, has been proven to aid the learning of kinaesthetically inclined students, such as yourselves. For kinaesthetic learners, standing, maybe even pacing, whilst reading notes or listening to a recorded lecture can be helpful. This is because, as a kinaesthetic learner, you are better suited to learning whilst your body is engaged. Further, try listening to lectures whilst on a casual walk, or cycling through your flashcards in the garden. These changes of pace and scenery could be useful. However, all students are different and need to discover where they are personally most comfortable and engaged whilst studying.
It is important not to view being a kinaesthetic learner as any kind of disadvantage, because it is not. Kinaesthetic learners often are good with their hands, respond well to active learning, and are good at recalling the process of things they’ve actually done before. So, if these elements of learning can be incorporated into your revision and studies, you can employ your suited style of learning to your advantage. In the end, no one is the same and we all learn in a different way. And if you’re a kinaesthetic learner, you’re just simply more tactile than others.