You learn best
when physically engaged in a "hands on" activity. In the classroom,
you benefit from a lab setting where you can manipulate materials
to learn new information. You learn best when you can be physically
active in the learning environment. You benefit from instructors
who encourage in-class demonstrations, "hands on" student learning
experiences, and field work outside t he classroom.
for the Tactile/ Kinesthetic Learner:
To help you
stay focused on class lecture, sit near the front of the room and
take notes throughout the class period. Don't worry about correct
spelling or writing in complete sentences. Jot down key words and
draw pictures or make charts to help you remember the information
you are hearing. When studying, walk back and forth with textbook,
notes, or flashcards in hand and read the information out loud.
Think of ways to make your learning tangible, i.e. something you
can put your hands on. For example, make a model that illustrates
a key concept. Spend extra time in a lab setting to learn an important
procedure. Spend time in the field (e.g. a museum, historical site,
or job site) to gain firsthand experience of your subject matter.
To learn a sequence of steps, make 3'x 5' flashcards for each step.
Arrange the cards on a table top to represent the correct sequence.
Put words, symbols, or pictures on your flashcards -- anything that
helps you remember the information. Use highlighter pens in contrasting
colors to emphasize important points. Limit the amount of information
per card to aid recall. Practice putting the cards in order until
the sequence becomes automatic. When reviewing new information,
copy key points onto a chalkboard, easel board, or other large writing
surface. Make use of the computer to reinforce learning through
the sense of touch. Using word processing software, copy essential
information from your notes and textbook. Use graphics, tables,
and spreadsheets to further organize material that must be learned.
Listen to audio tapes on a Walkman tape player while exercising.
Make your own tapes containing important course information.
May need frequent
study breaks. When learning words, trace them in sand, or make them
in clay. Anything where the hands are involved in learning will
help the child remember. Move around when studying, example: get
a mini-trampoline and have the child jump as he says his multiplication
are usually seen as underachievers by their teachers. They are creative,
and need lots of opportunities to use their hands. They need to
sit close to you, and have a lot of structure. Their movements can
be advantageous, example: have them help decorate your bulletin
board, empty trash can, run errands. Consider allowing them to stand
to do their work.