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The world of kinesthetic learners

Updated on February 23, 2011

I find that sometimes I get something into my head the quickest when I am actually doing an activity or working on something in reality rather than seeing it or listening to how it is done. I found out, over time that I was not restless or impertinent but rather what was called a kinesthetic learner. Kinesthetic learning involves doing, it is a process of tactile learning where experiences, performance, understanding and working through an activity is important to being able to understand and perform a task well.

Students who are kinesthetic learners may be rather fidgety or restless to listen to or see things being done. They are catalysts who are the first to do and learn and this may seem intimidating or aggressive to others. It is important to understand that this is merely how the child learns and not in any way intentionally meant to be disrespectful to authority or others listening in the class.

Kinesthetic learners have a high hand eye co-ordination and may be able to multitask and simultaneously do two things at once. They would do well at sports, experiments, acting and artistic careers. Listening to music while studying is a common activity they tend to involve themselves in. They tend to recall during an exam by thinking back to the body movements during the time of learning. These learners will commonly seem high energy students in the classroom and also have a higher short term or long term memory due to their constant associations while learning something.

These students tend to be quite impatient if they are passive listeners or viewers in a task or event around them. For a mixed student populations it becomes difficult for teachers to identify and cater to each candidate according to their specific learning style. An interactive platform that engages all their senses and allows the student greater mobility would be most preferred by these individuals.

The question that most commonly arises is whether it is possible to inculcate a certain learning style in a student by beginning at an early age. The answer to this would be that a child can be taught to be comfortable with a particular learning style but if they are more responsive to a different one then overcoming that bias may not be very promising for the student’s performance. Mostly finding a style that a student is comfortable with and offering a more or less accommodating learning medium by using interactive online content along with text book content, lectures and experimental learning will help to make the most of an opportunity.

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