Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners are most productive when they can use their sense of touch and move around.

  • Get creative with your notes. Use a pen. Use a pencil. Use a highlighter. Underline important vocabulary or concepts while you read. Highlight and color code passages that connect to one another. By incorporating tiny unique movements or some kind of extra action into your note taking, you are allowing yourself to maximize your learning potential. Any extra motion kinesthetic learners can use in their coursework will help them comprehend the content.
  • Stand up instead of sitting down. As a kinesthetic learner, standing up actually improves your comprehension and retention. When you stand up, your body is more engaged and connected to the learning process. Plus, you may be able to concentrate for longer periods of time and remember more of what you read.
  • Combine your study session with exercise. Instead of plopping on the sofa with your notes, get up and do burpees or jumping jacks in between chapters. Ask a friend or family members to quiz you on your study guide while you shoot hoops or jump rope. Combining activity keeps you energized and cements the ideas you’re studying in your brain. Plus, as a kinesthetic learner, you need a physical outlet for your excess energy, even when you have to study.
  • Utilize Small Movements. It’s usually not possible to stand up and do jumping jacks during a live class, but you can still use kinesthetic study strategies to keep yourself engaged. Bounce a ball against the floor and catch it when you answer a question. Twist a rubber band around your wrist or tap a pencil while you read. Even if the motions are small, they’ll help you stay focused and receptive to the course content.
  • Take a break and walk around. If it just gets to be too much to pay attention, take a short break and walk around the room. As a kinesthetic learner, it can be hard to sit still and stay focused on a topic, especially long reading assignments or videos. Be sure to give yourself time to move around and clear your head, so you can come back to the material feeling fresh.
  • Try tension and relaxation. If it is simply not possible to move around during a class, use this tension and relaxation technique to stay focused. Take five to ten second intervals to tighten a particular muscle. Then relax when the seconds have passed. Repeat several times with different muscle groups throughout your body. This helps to release unwanted tension, which is something kinesthetic learners often experience during idle times.