Tactile Learning

People Who Learn by Doing

Are You a Tactile Learner?
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Tactile or kinesthetic learners are those who learn through experiencing/doing things. Because it is the nature of this type of learner to identify movement, tactile learners may become bored more quickly than other students while listening to a class lecture.

Tactile learners like to experience the world and act out events. To remember a phone number, tactile learners may remember the pattern of their fingers as they press the numbers on a phone or key pad.

Tactile learners can remember complicated directions once they've acted them out.

Look over these traits to see if they sound familiar to you. You may be a tactile learner if you are someone who:

  • Is good at sports.
  • Can’t sit still for long.
  • Is not great at spelling.
  • Does not have great handwriting.
  • Likes science lab.
  • Studies with loud music on.
  • Likes adventure books, movies.
  • Likes role playing.
  • Takes breaks when studying.
  • Builds models.
  • Is involved in martial arts, dance.
  • Is fidgety during lectures.

Kinesthetic Learners Can Benefit From:

  • Studying in short blocks of time.
  • role playing.
  • Taking lab classes.
  • Role playing.
  • Taking field trips, visiting museums.
  • Studying with others.
  • Using memory games.
  • Using flash cards to memorize.

Worst Test Type:

Long tests, essays.

Best Test Type:

Short definitions, fill-ins, multiple choice.

Study Tips for Tactile Learners

Active study is good for every student. But it is especially important for the tactile learner to use active study strategies when preparing for a school exam.

In math class, tactile learners could benefit from using a smart pen for taking notes. A smart pen records audio content that takes place while the student is taking notes. That means that students can go back to review class notes and listen to any lecture that took place as the student recorded notes.

This type of activity would appeal to tactile learners who need to be actively involved as they receive and process new information.

For a social studies and history courses, students should seek out opportunities to "act out" the topics and subjects they study. For example, activities like reacting to the past enable students to immerse themselves in the topics and "experience" subjects they study. 

Tactile learners will thrive in sciences that include a lab experience. 

Tactile learners may choose to use the Journey Method for memorizing new information.

Learning games and group activities are good tactics for the tactile learner. The more active this student can be during study time, the more information that study is likely to retain.

When preparing for an exam of any type, the tactile learner should practice writing a test essay (make up your own essay questions). Write the first essay using the textbook as a guide, then practice the essay several times in preparation for test day.


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