Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners learn through moving, doing, and touching...
These students like a "hands-on” approach to learning. They learn best by doing and by being directly or emotionally involved in their learning. They process information as their body moves. Because the entire body is involved, this type of student takes longer to process new information.
Tactile Learners learn best through their sense of touch, such as using their hands and fingers. They learn best by writing, drawing, taking notes, using hands-on manipulatives, and involving their emotions and feelings while learning.
Kinesthetic Learners learn best through movement of their large or gross motor muscles. They take in information best when they are moving. Movement includes learning while doing, being involved in projects, discovery, role-playing, simulations, real-life activities, and learning while standing up or using the large arm muscles to write on a flip chart or chalkboard. Some kinesthetic learners seem fidgety, having a hard time sitting still in class.
Tactile learners benefit from the act of creating a study aid such as a chart, diagram, or matrix. The act of creating the study aid is often the most beneficial exercise to help with retention of information. They learn by doing and by being intricately involved in the creation process.
Ways to adapt: Try making flashcards for new vocabulary or name, date, and event recall. Try closing your eyes and writing the information in the air or on a surface with your finger. Try to picture the words in your head as you are doing this. Try to hear the words in your head, too.
Kinesthetic learners best learn by doing. They may be avid note takers in class but not review them later; they remember things that were seen, done, or discussed.
Ways to Adapt: Use role-play to gain further understanding of key concepts. Try studying in small groups. Type notes to prep for tests and quizzes. Try reciting new material while pacing.