The "Hands-On" Learning Style

  • You learn best when physically engaged in a "hands on" activity.

  • You benefit from instructors who encourage in-class demonstrations, "hands-on" student learning experiences, and field work outside the classroom.

  • You benefit from a lab setting where you can manipulate materials to learn new information.

  • You may tap your pencil or foot while studying to stay in motion.

Strategies for the Tactile/Kinesthetic Learner

  • Sit near the front of the room for lectures and take notes throughout the class period. Jot down key words and draw pictures or make charts to help you remember the information.

  • 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 something you can put your hands on. Make a model that illustrates a key concept or spend extra time in a lab setting.

  • To learn a sequence of steps, make 3x 5 index cards with words, symbols, or pictures for each step. Arrange the cards on a table top to represent the correct sequence. Practice putting the cards in order until the sequence becomes automatic.

  • When reviewing information, copy key points onto a white board or easel.

  • Write or type out essential information from your notes and textbook to use your sense of touch. Use graphics, tables, and spreadsheets to further organize material.

  • Listen to audio tapes while exercising. Make your own tapes containing important course information.