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Are You or Your Kids Tactile Learners?

August 12, 2015

Las Vegas, Nevada Dental Assisting ProgramHow often have you forgotten how to do something you read about? Now, how often have you forgotten how to do something you actually did yourself? I bet that the former happens much more than the latter. A lot of people out there love to use their hands (not their ears) to learn.

Do you or your kids learn faster by getting ‘hands-on’ with a subject, rather than just reading about it in a book or listening to a lecture? If you prefer to be hands-on in a lab rather than hitting books in a classroom, you could be a tactile learner.

Tactile learners remember information by experience. They learn best through the sense of touch. People who like to learn by touch can be easily distracted or get frustrated with bookwork or lectures.

Or Are You a Kinesthetic Learner?

Kinesthetic learners need some kind of motion or movement to learn. They need small movements to help them focus when studying or sitting in lectures to help them understand and process ideas. Many kinesthetic learners like to use their whole body while learning; that’s why some people read books while walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike at the gym. It helps them retain information.

But the motion can be as simple as swinging a leg, tapping a foot, or playing with a pencil. The more activity they experience while practicing a skill, the better they remember. That’s why they often do well in things like athletics, acting and dance, and have trouble sitting still in class.

If you…

  • Have trouble sitting still for extended periods
  • Enjoy practical activities like building stuff or role playing
  • Are an active, outdoorsy kind of person who likes to explore
  • Enjoy lab work more than class work at school
  • Subconsciously fidget during class. Are you swinging a leg or tapping a pencil right now?

…then you could be a tactile or a kinesthetic learner.

Were you, or are your kids, constantly fidgeting and always being told to sit still in school? Many school teachers suggest that children who are kinesthetic learners have ADHD*. This article explores that subject in depth.

As a Carrington student or graduate, chances are that you’re either a tactile or kinesthetic learner. Why? Many of you chose Carrington because of the hands-on, career-focused programs with lots of practical, tactile, experience. Of course, any education comes with bookwork, but if you have the opportunity to practice what you read on a page in a lab, it can all come together much quicker.