The characteristics of a visual learner include:
- Individuals who are good at spelling, but forget names
- Trainees that need quiet study time alone
- Some have to think awhile before understanding an example
- They sometimes doodle and draw
- Dream in color
- Understand and like pictures, charts, and drawings
- They would also typically be good at sign language
Also known as tactile learning, kinesthetic is a learning style which takes place by the student carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration. People with a kinesthetic learning style are also commonly known as “do-ers.” Tactile-kinesthetic learners make up only about 5 percent of the population.
Kinesthetic learners typically learn best by doing. They are naturally good at physical activities like sports and outdoor activities. They enjoy learning through hands-on methods and typically like how-to guides and action-adventure stories. They might pace while on the phone or take breaks from studying to get up and move around. Some kinesthetic learners seem fidgety, having a hard time sitting still in a class.
Key methods for instructing kinesthetic learners:
- Go out and perform tasks after they have been given basic knowledge
- Use task simulations or role play
- Involve physical activity in training
- Vary classroom and physical activity
Be receptive to questions and respectful of others and their level of understanding. It is important that trainees feel confident that they may ask a question, without fear of being ostracized. It is an exceptional teacher who also continually learns from those they teach.
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