Resources › For Students and Parents Make the Most of Your Tactile Learning Style Share Flipboard Email Print You may learn better moving through space and relating to it. Klaus Vedfelt/Stone/Getty Images For Students and Parents Homework Help Learning Styles & Skills Homework Tips Study Methods Time Management Private School Test Prep College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Grace Fleming Education Expert M.Ed., Education Administration, University of Georgia B.A., History, Armstrong State University Grace Fleming, M.Ed., is a senior academic advisor at Georgia Southern University, where she helps students improve their academic performance and develop good study skills. our editorial process Grace Fleming Updated June 19, 2019 According to some educational theorists, there are as many as nine different types of intelligence and multiple styles of learning. Tactile or kinesthetic learners are those who learn through experiencing and doing things. How Tactile Learners Learn 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 keypad. 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 sportsCan’t sit still for longIs not great at spellingDoes not have great handwritingLikes science labStudies with loud music onLikes adventure books, moviesLikes role-playingTakes breaks when studyingBuilds modelsIs involved in martial arts or danceIs fidgety during lectures Challenges for Tactile Learners Because tactile learners learn best through movement, they may become bored more quickly than other students while listening to a class lecture. They may also find it difficult to focus on long lectures, write extended essays, or read for extended periods of time. Study Tips for Tactile Learners An 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. Tactile learners need to be actively involved as they receive and process new information. Kinesthetic learners can benefit from: Studying in short blocks of timeRole-playingTaking lab classesTaking field trips or visiting museumsStudying with othersUsing memory gamesUsing flashcards to memorizeUsing a smart pen for taking notes. A smartpen 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."Acting out" the topics, stories, 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 may choose to use the Journey Method for memorizing new information (mentally placing concepts in a location). 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. Opportunities for Tactile Learners Certain types of classes are likely to appeal to tactile learners. For example, tactile learners will thrive in the sciences that include a lab experience. They are also likely to do well in classes that combine hands-on and conceptual learning such as: Culinary artsHome economicsEarly childhood developmentTheater or other performing artsVisual arts (sculpture, for example)Engineering If you are a tactile learner in a high school or college setting, consider choosing electives or a major that makes the most of your strengths.