We finish our series on different learning styles and study habits by focusing on kinesthetic learners. Not sure if you’re an kinesthetic learner, take this quiz to find out. We also have tips for visual learners and audio learners.
Are you one of those people who cannot sit still in lectures and being forced to sit and read will make you feel as if your head will explode? Did you get the best grades in drama or science labs? If this describes you, chances are you are a kinesthetic learner. This type of learning style comprehends information best through hands-on studying and doing things. The law school class environment caters more to the visual and auditory learning styles because of its emphasis on reading case law and outlining information. However there are different study techniques you can use to comprehend information in a hands-on way. Let’s look at five ways to study that compliment your strength as a kinesthetic learner.
Assemble Charts and Diagrams
Building a structure for your notes will help your mind comprehend the information and recognize patterns easily. Create flowcharts and graphs in a visual way when you re-write your notes and outline cases. For example, use different color Post-it notes to create flowcharts on whiteboards and empty walls. The act of creating the flowchart will help you retain the information.
Take Breaks When Studying
Kinesthetic learners often have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time. If that’s you, make sure you take frequent (but not too lengthy) breaks while studying. These quick study breaks will give your mind a chance to renew itself and refocus when you sit down to study again.
Combine an Activity with Studying
Kinesthetic learners retain information best when they are doing activities. Try going for a walk or run while listening to audio recordings of lectures and notes. If you’re a work out at a gym, review your stack of flashcards and outlines while you use the elliptical machine.
Use Tools Such as Flashcards and Mnemonics
Flashcards are great study tool for kinesthetic learners. There’s something about the act of writing out the cards, and the act of physically flipping them over, that engages lots of different parts of the brain. Mnemonic devices, such as songs or rhymes, are also great to pair with case law and your outlines.
Keep Your Fingers Busy While Studying
One way to engage a kinesthetic learner while studying is to engage your fingers in the studying. For example, trace words and re-write sentences to learn key facts. Typing your notes and using the computer is another great way to reinforce learning through sense of touch.
If you’re a kinesthetic learner, try a few of the study tips above to see which works best for you. Perfecting these techniques now will not only help you understand the material, but also get you ready come exam time.
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Transcript of Kinesthetic Learners in the English Classroom
Kinesthetic Learners in the English Classroom What is Kinesthetic Learning ? How can English teachers cater to kinesthetic learners? Kinesthetic learning is one of the three main learning styles: Visual Auditory Kinesthetic * take numerous detailed notes
* tend to sit in the front
* are usually neat and clean
* often close their eyes to visualize or remember something
* find something to watch if they are bored
* like to see what they are learning
* benefit from illustrations and presentations that use color
* are attracted to written or spoken language rich in imagery
* prefer stimuli to be isolated from auditory and kinesthetic distraction
* find passive surroundings ideal
www.usd.edu * sit where they can hear but needn't pay attention to what is happening in front
* may not coordinate colors or clothes, but can explain why they are wearing what they are wearing and why
* hum or talk to themselves or others when bored
* acquire knowledge by reading aloud
* remember by verbalizing lessons to themselves (if they don't they have difficulty reading maps or diagrams or handling conceptual assignments like mathematics).
www.usd.edu * need to be active and take frequent breaks
* speak with their hands and with gestures
* remember what was done, but have difficulty recalling what was said or seen
* find reasons to tinker or move when bored
* rely on what they can directly experience or perform
* activities such as cooking, construction, engineering and art help them perceive and learn
* enjoy field trips and tasks that involve manipulating materials
* sit near the door or someplace else where they can easily get up and move around
* are uncomfortable in classrooms where they lack opportunities for hands-on experience
* communicate by touching and appreciate physically expressed encouragement, such as a pat on the back
www.usd.edu Kinesthetic learners tend to... --wiggle, tap their feet, or move their legs when they sit. --be categorized as "hyperactive" children --do well as performers: athelets, actors, or dancers. Why is it important for teachers to understand and accomodate the different learning styles? The California Standards for the Teaching Profession support the creation of classroom communities and curricula in which students with varying backgrounds, learning styles,
strengths, interests, needs and abilities are engaged and challenged as learners.
www.ctc.ca.gov A teacher's understandings of students, of subject matter and curriculum, and of instructional methods, strategies and styles are ultimately linked to how the teacher plans instruction and creates and assesses opportunities for student
A teacher's understandings of students, of subject matter and curriculum, and of instructional methods, strategies and styles are ultimately linked to how the teacher plans instruction and creates and assesses opportunities for student
www.ctc.ca.gov By paying attention to the variety of learning styles in the classroom, teachers can better individualize language development intsruction. Students will learn more easily and remember more when working in a style that best suits their abilities, personalities, and preferences.
English Language Learners in Your Classroom:Strategies That Work
By Ellen Kottler, Jeffrey A. Kottler, Chris Street How can English teachers cater to kinesthetic learners? Teachers can provide opportunities for ... Acting and role playing (vocabulary words, stories, etc.) Incorporating artwork and illustrations with writing assignments. Educational games that will allow kinesthetic learners to move about and use their bodies. Hands-On Activities and
Project-Based Learning for English teachers "Even simple tasks like using a ball for question-answer segments when discussing literature helps get kinesthetic learners engaged. I use a colorful ball to throw to the speaker before answering a question and find that it gets even the most 'figety' student engaged."
--Arus Boggs, eighth grade English teacher Class murals Finding words in newspapers, magazines to match parts of speech for collages. Playing a game of charades related to a focused text. Hands-On Activities for High School Students "Most high school students will be hesitant when assigned hands-on activities and project-based assignments, but in ten years of teaching I've discovered that these projects actually get students enthusiastic about the literature. Activities that require movement and physical participation get certain students involved that wouldn't normally participate. I use debate and dramatization frequently, and they love it!"
-Amy Mkrtchian, Glendale High School 10th grade English Teacher Playdough and the Writing Process "It was sad messing up our sculpture, but its fun to use playdough to learn about writing." --Julia Kelley, 6th grade "Ms. Tina always talks to us about fixing our rough draft and helping eachother change our essays, but it's fun to use playdough to learn about how to write and change our essays."
--Alina Lahian, 6th grade "They were so excited to use playdough and work together to sculpt. It was interesting to see the look on their faces when the directions were read. I'm definitely going to use this again when teaching the writing process. Even the students who don't usually participate were excited for the activity." Learning Style Quiz Project Ideas