Are you a Tactile Learner?
If you are a tactile learner, you learn by touching and doing. You understand and remember things through physical movement. You are a hands-on learner. You like to touch, move, build, or draw what you learn, and you tend to learn better when some type of physical activity is involved. You need to be active and take frequent breaks, you often 'speak' with your hands and with gestures, and you may have difficulty sitting still.
Tactile learners like to take things apart and put them back together. They may be very well coordinated and have good athletic ability. They can easily remember things that were done but may have difficulty remembering what they saw or heard in the process.
Here are some things that tactile learners can do to learn better:
- Participate in activities that involve touching, building, moving, or drawing.
- Do lots of hands-on activities like completing art projects, taking walks, or acting out stories.
- You might chew gum, walk around, or rock in a chair while reading or studying.
- Use flashcards and arrange them in groups to show relationships between ideas.
- Trace words with your finger to learn spelling (finger spelling).
- Take frequent breaks during reading or studying periods (frequent, but not long).
- It's OK to tap a pencil, shake your foot, or hold on to something while learning.
- Use a computer to reinforce learning through the sense of touch.