How to Succeed if You're a Kinaesthetic Learner

Study Together Team




Welcome to Chapter #3 of our series on Learning Types! We’ve already covered visual and auditory learners - today we’re diving into kinaesthetic learners. 

While visual learners understand and remember things best by sight, and auditory learners benefit from verbal instruction, kinaesthetic learning is all about touch, feel, and movement

The Characteristics of Kinaesthetic Learners

Kinaesthetic learners might have a short attention span, and don’t love listening to long lectures. Their body language might be exaggerated, and they gesture a lot when speaking. They like to be directly involved in what they’re learning - and find it difficult to concentrate to visual presentations or lectures. They like to write words down to make sure they “feel” right. 

Does that sound like you? Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your study sessions. 

  1. Take a walk while studying or listening to a lecture or podcast! Keeping your body in motion will help you stay mentally “on”.
  2. If possible, do things as you say them (this works well with vocabulary: you can act out the words as you speak them). 
  3. When memorising terms or dates, use your fingers to trace them out on the table or in the air. 
  4. Stretch during your study breaks to wake up your body. 
  5. Write notes on a poster paper or a white board, to use your big muscles. 
  6. Make flash cards and separate them into piles of terms you know and don’t know, and repeat the ones you don’t know until you do. 
  7. Try to gamify your study sessions to make them more physical and interactive.