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Homework Tips for Kinaesthetic Learners

By: Kate Simpson BA, MA - Updated: 22 Aug 2012 | comments*Discuss
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If you like to learn in a hands-on manner, you are likely to be a kinaesthetic learner. With a passion for both acting and keeping active, you like to dive in and get involved with your learning in a physical way. You might feel that you are slightly neglected in the classroom, as drama, sport and crafts are not always used across all subject areas with regularity. However, when it comes to your homework time, you are free to set the agenda. Make the most of your mind by drawing upon the learning techniques with are best suited to your preferred learning style.

In The Classroom

If you find it difficult to process information in a classroom situation, introduce unobtrusive techniques that work for you. For example, you might find it helpful to doodle as your teacher talks, draw pictures which relate to the subject area. If you are considering trying this, you might like to speak to your teacher in advance to ensure there is no misunderstanding. As your teacher speaks, try to focus upon any actions or feelings that are described. This will help you to work through the information in a way that works for you.

Be Dramatic

Try to act out or simulate the information that you have learnt. You might be able to arrange a session with a number of other students. Alternatively, don't shy away from acting out information or creating useful role plays on your own. Indeed, working on such techniques alone may stand you in good stead for the future as you might like to call upon these methods during revision periods. Use as many props as you can lay your hands on and try to bring movement to your studies.

Make All Learning Active

You might struggle with taking information in whilst reading, but transforming reading into a physical activity may just transform your experience of it. Try walking as you read and speaking aloud. You might like to read as though you are giving a speech or playing the part of a particular character. In a similar way, you might like to go for a run and try to repeat any information you have recently learnt to the rhythm of your feet. Convert writing and diagramming into physical activities too by using huge sheets of paper and acting out the different ideas as you go. Why not try devising your own learning games? For example, when learning foreign vocabulary, you might like to make your own set of playing cards and match up pairs of words.

With so many ideas to experiment with, there is no need to feel unfulfilled as a kinaesthetic or tactile learner. The key is to try to concentrate on actions and feelings as much as you can and to attempt to associate these with each piece of information as your learn it. Bring colour and play into both your classwork and homework and learn in a hands-on way whenever you can. There are plenty of opportunities for you to guide your own learning. However, if you are concerned that your learning style is not being catered for, don't be afraid to have a word with your teacher.

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