Kinaesthetic learners or active learners

Kinaesthetic learners prefer to being involved in activities. They need to apply the information and make it their own by constructing something or practising a technique or skill.

Characteristics of kinaesthetic learners

  • Often they take notes or even draw pictures or doodle whilst listening
  • Remember best what they did
  • Memorise by walking and seeing
  • Like ‘hands on’ activities and group interaction
Cartoon of kinaesthetic learner

Study hints for kinaesthetic learners

  • Test your learning by applying it or transforming it to another form. For example use lecture notes or readings to draw a diagram, flow chart or even construct a model.
  • Start or join a study group
  • Relate facts or theories to your own experience
  • Learn or memorise information by teaching or telling someone else
  • When studying take frequent breaks. This is also helpful for the other learning styles.


Felder & Solomon



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