Academic Support

Study Skills

Characteristics of Tactile / Kinesthetic Learners

  • Learns best when physically engaged in a "hands on" activity
  • In the classroom, benefits from a lab setting where he/she can manipulate materials to learn new information
  • Learns best when he/she can be physically active in the learning environment
  • Benefits from instructors who encourage in-class demonstrations, "hands on" student learning experiences, and fieldwork outside the classroom
  • Bears down extremely hard with pencil or pen when writing
  • Often enjoys working with tools
  • Remembers best by writing things down several times
  • Often plays with coins or keys in pockets
  • May chew gum, smoke, or snack during studies
  • Learns spelling by "finger spelling" the words
  • Often is good at working and solving jigsaw puzzles and mazes
  • Often doesn't like to read directions, would rather just do it
  • Learns best when shown how to do something and then have the opportunity to do it
  • Often prefers not to study at a desk
  • Thinks better when given freedom to move around
  • While trying to think of a specific word, uses hands a lot and calls something a "what-tea-ma-call-it" or a "thing-a-ma-jig"
  • Often needs frequent breaks during studying
  • Usually not skilled in giving verbal explanations or directions