We know what you are probably thinking right now, what is a kinesthetic learner? Kinesthetic learners are people who learn by doing and engaging their senses through visual and auditory techniques.
Basically, it’s someone who learns best by seeing, hearing and doing. With all of that going on, it might be tricky to figure out the right approach to studying. We have some tips that might help you out with that.
Make Charts and Diagrams
Draw some charts or pictures that you can look at for reference. It might be easier for a kinesthetic learner to draw on a picture of the periodic table rather than trying to remember elements from a list.
Even if you are not artistically inclined, the drawing process will help you retain information and recall it more easily later on.
Kinesthetic learners find it challenging to sit for too long without losing focus, so take a few minutes when you need to refresh and refocus.
They don’t have to be too long. Just a quick 5-10-minute break to compose yourself, then get back to your studies.
Be active when you study
It might sound a little strange at first, but try being active when you are studying. Bring flashcards with you to the gym, and review them while on the elliptical or treadmill. If you don’t like flashcards, consider listening to an audio recording when you go for a walk or run.
Kinesthetic learners tend to need full sensory engagement, so these practices could help.
Flashcards and Mnemonic Devices
Flashcards can be helpful, not so much in the constant reading of the cards, but more so physically writing them out and flipping through them. Kinesthetic learners need some sort of activity to be physically engaged with while learning.
Mnemonic devices can also help you retain information. Do you still remember, ROY G. BIV? You probably learned this years ago in science class about the colors of the visible spectrum: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.
This is a mnemonic device, many of these are acronyms to help you retain important information. You can create your own by taking your notes or outlines and putting them into a song or a rhyme.
Rewrite or Re-type Notes
It helps to keep your fingers busy when you’re in a class, especially if you can’t stay still. If your teacher or professor has notes displayed, rewrite/re-type key sentences or information. The act of rewriting will help reinforce the information and keep you engaged.
Kinesthetic learners are people who learn best by full engagement. It’s going to require some creative thinking and moving on your part to find the right process for you. Don’t allow yourself to get bored or restless, stay engaged in your classes and study time. It might be tricky at first, but try out some of these tips and see what works best for you.