What is Kinesthetic Learning?
Kinesthetic learning is a method of learning where the student learns by doing. Kinesthetic learning is also referred to as tactile learning.
Kinesthetic learners may struggle with reading instructions or listening to instructions. They may also have a high level of energy, have a constant need to be in motion physically, or simply be agitated, restless, and/or impatient in a classroom environment.
The memories (short term and long term) of learners who learn kinesthetically are strengthened by their use of their body’s own movements. In kinesthetic learning, the learner uses their body to express a thought, an idea, or the understanding of a particular concept.
Methods that help a kinesthetic learner to successfully master the material at hand include writing instead of typing. Writing by hand stimulates ideas and the act of simply holding and using a pen or pencil massages several acupressure points in your hand. These acupressure points in turn stimulate the flow of ideas.
Another kinesthetic method of learning is to carry a notebook with you at all times. Write down ideas that occur to you when you are doing walking meditations or productive napping.
A third kinesthetic method of learning is to keep a journal. This is not the same as the notebook mentioned above. The notebook entries are ideas that have come to you possibly as part of a dream or meditative state. Journaling is the act of keeping track of waking activities over time, and you can add in visual details, charts, maps, and the like to get a clearer and more creative picture of what you are learning day to day.
Get organized by using post-it notes and divider tabs. Use the divider tabs to partition your notebook or journal; the partitions make it easier to find specific ideas in the notebooks and specific months or even specific days in the journals.
Use the post-it notes to note thoughts about passages in books without the need to deface the books. If you don’t have post-it notes, and the books are yours, dog-earing a page or writing notes or illustrations in the margins is another way of keeping track of passages in books that mean something to you.
All methods of learning require some of the same things to be happening (or not happening) in order for successful learning to take place. A distraction-free study or work space is important; at the very least, try to minimize distractions.
Constrain yourself; this is extremely important if you work alone, work at home, or live alone. Time can slip away very quickly when you have nobody to answer to. Make a plan for your day each day (this can be done the night before, or in the morning before you start learning) and try to follow it as closely as possible. Some excellent ways to constrain yourself are to limit the tools you are working with, limit the time you spend on an idea, and give yourself a deadline by which to meet certain goals.