Strategies for Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic Learners need to focus on the application of ideas. You will learn more through “doing” or experiencing the concepts you learn about in classes. Real-world examples and experiments will create stronger memory connections as you study. 

Classroom Strategies

When reading or in class, pay attention to:

  • Practical applications or real world examples provided by your instructor. 
  • The possibility of field trips, labs, or exhibits on the topic.
  • Reviews of previous assignments. These reviews will connect to your experience writing papers or taking past quizzes and tests. 
  • Opportunities for “hands-on” learning. 
  • The texture of your notes. Try reading any handouts or textbooks through multiple colored transparencies; this will add another layer of experience to your reading and allow you to remember the experience of reading about each different topic. 
  • Your body. Fidget if you need to do so; just be sure not to frustrate your neighbors. 
  • Your state of attention. Ask questions about the material to engage yourself and put it in a new perspective. 

Study Strategies

When studying, try the following:

  • Study while walking, lying on your stomach or back, or in any other position that will not require you to remain at a desk.
  • Try to write out concepts, ideas, key words, etc with your finger in the air. This sensation will help you lock into the concept more easily.
  • Incorporate real world examples or look up case-studies to help you remember abstract concepts. 
  • Ask a friend to quiz you out loud, or perform the material for yourself in front of a mirror (Don’t worry if you look silly, it’ll be worth it when you get that A on your test). 
  • Take frequent breaks and move around during your breaks.