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Kinesthetic Learners

People who are primarily kinesthetic (movement-based) learners process the world best through their bodies. They respond to how things feel, remember the movements involved in a task, and they can remember how a word is spelled by writing it several times and remembering the “shape” of the word. Kinesthetic learners love labs, physical activity, and concrete learning aids that they can manipulate; they thrive on hands-on trial and error. They tend to understand better if they are able to try it themselves.

Kinesthetic learners sometimes find both reading and lectures boring. Verbal or written instructions without an opportunity to practice are often quickly forgotten. In the traditional classroom setting, they appear to have short attention spans, and, especially as children, tend to get in trouble for not being able to sit still. They can find it frustrating to be asked to be passive for a long period of time.


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