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Tactile Learners:

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.

Strategies 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.

When Studying:

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 tables.

Tips for Teachers:

These children 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.

 

 


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