24th September 2020
We all have preferred learning styles that help us to engage with content and retain information. The three core learning styles are Auditory, Visual and Kinaesthetic Learning. Read our blog on Visual Learning Characteristics here.
Kinaesthetic learning happens when we have a hands-on experience. An example of a kinaesthetic learning experience is when a child learns to use a swing or to ride a bike. They can read instructions or listen to instructions, but deep learning occurs via the process of doing.
The characteristics of a kinaesthetic learner are that they need a multi-sensory learning environment for deep learning as they learn through ‘doing’. A kinaesthetic learner is someone who needs to be actively engaged in their learning. They are ‘tactile’ learners who use movement, testing, trial and error and a non-traditional learning environment to retain and recall information.
When teaching it is important to understand the most effective ways your students retain information and understand the concepts you teach them.
When you can identify those that need a traditional approach, with handouts, lecture-style lessons and verbal summaries, you can cater to the auditory learners.
Students who need mind-maps, colour-coded notes and visual guides will appreciate information set out this way. They are visual learners.
Make sure you have ‘hands-on’ experiences, lessons that have a practical aspect and include movement for kinaesthetic learners.
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