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Kinesthetic Learning Style

KinestheticLearning Style

KinestheticLearning Style

Stylesof learning are crucial in any environment of education as it enablesteachers to run successful course programs. However, students havetheir learning preferences thus, the trainers are needed to engagethe use of various styles in the curriculum activities to enablestudents to perform in classwork (Sagaetal.,2015).The paper focuses on kinesthetic learning style, and its comparisonwith other learning styles besides its perceptions in teaching andlearning.

KinestheticLearning Style

Accordingto Ibrahim(2015),students need to actively involve themselves in doing practical taskswhile learning for a better understanding i.e. learners manipulate ortouch materials to gain knowledge, while they also need to move theirbodies. Therefore, kinesthetic learners train with the help ofincorporating all the senses of sight, touch, taste, smell, andhearing. Kinesthetic styles involve several study strategies put intopractice both by learners and teachers, for instance, a student needsto read text loudly, or records it, and later play it back severallyto herself/himself when out for a walk (Ibrahimetal.,2015).Similarly, he/she need to underline or highlight important words inthe text using different colored pens for easy memorization.

Additionally,learners are active, take frequent breaks, speak with hands i.e.gestures, and take frequent field trips and tasks involving materialsmanipulation. Subsequently, students need to sit next to doors or anopen environment that allows free movement (Sagaetal.,2015).Furthermore, some learners prefer writing words or facts frequently,do exercise while studying e.g. walking, and type notes into theircomputers. Therefore, to strengthen kinesthetic learning style, thestudents need to sit at the front of the class to stay focused, takenotes while listening to the lecturer, and even study with othertrainees as it gives them to opportunity to teach one another throughthe use of materials, actions, and discussion. Ibrahim(2015) further arguedthat kinesthetic learning styles incorporate the use of othertechniques such as visual, auditory, read/write, and multimodal,making it a multi-sensory learning style

Visual,Aural, Read/Write, and Multimodal

VisualLearning Style

Thestyle needs the learner to think in pictures and learn best in visualimages, i.e., they always rely on the lecturer’s non-verbal signs,such as the body language, to assist in understanding. Additionally,the students encourage the use of tools, for instance, diagrams,pictures, flowcharts, and even symbols as the primary core ofcomprehending new concepts (Sagaetal.,2015).Other strategies include: rearranging pages while writing notes in away that is more descriptive of the concept presented, and making useof color codes in note writing as it will create a more visualsimulation (Ibrahimetal.,2015).

Aural/AuditoryLearning Styles

Accordingto Ibrahim (2015), the learners always talk to themselves and movetheir lips besides reading the text out loudly in the classroom tohear how the words sound. Additionally, the students gather newconcepts through listening and comprehending information by the helpof the tutor’s emphasis. Similarly, the students always prefertalking to a colleague about the concepts discussed in lectures, or atape recorder while listening to the concept taught. However,auditory learners might have problems with reading and writing tasks.

Read/WriteLearning Styles

Itpermits learners to acquire knowledge through reading and writing,i.e., making use of reading glossaries, re-reading notes, as well asre-writing lecture notes using different words. Similarly, thelearner needs to re-write definitions, or describe a concept usingtheir words as they condense study materials for future review.Therefore, it is very significant for the learner to comprehend thewords utilized in the texts by running glossary of new or unfamiliarterms for future reference (Ibrahimetal.,2015).

MultimodalLearning Styles

Lastly,multimodal learners make use of several ways to understand giveninformation, i.e., the lecturer combines various learning styles todeliver a concept in a classroom for the student to understand.Therefore, multimodal students need to have same material presentedin different modes for them to easily understand.

Comparisonbetween s and Other Learning Strategies

Thepreference attached to kinesthetic learning style, which involves thephysical manipulation of materials while acquiring knowledge, isbecause it has several strategies which are helpful. However, despitethe existence of other learning styles, the visual type, whichacknowledge the use of pictures, and the auditory styles that involvelistening and verbal skills seem to be more challenging. The use ofthe preferred learning style of kinesthetic encourages the learner tomanipulate materials physically, and that makes the concept an idealtool for an effective training (Ibrahimetal.,2015).Thus, as a kinesthetic learner, lectured classes continue to remain astruggle, since most tutors teach verbally and auditory whilestanding in front of the classroom and reading textbooks. Therefore,by re-creating lectured materials by re-writing, making notes willensure that the kinesthetic learning style is utilized to potentiatethe weak areas of verbal and auditory education approach (Ganesh2014).

AwarenessAppraisal of different Learning Styles

Bylearning about the availability of various learning styles apart fromthe kinesthetic method, it has been possible to apply some of thesimplest styles that will improve students’ understanding of theinformation in classrooms (Ganesh2014).However, changing the learning style might never be easy, and it is aproblem for all students because the preferences are varied among thetrainees. Nevertheless, keeping in mind that various learning andteaching styles exist will guarantee better learning. Additionally,availability of several resources will assist in the adaptation ofdifferent teaching and learning styles.

Conclusion

Fromthe considerations above, it is patent that the knowledge of learningstyles has various effects for the students and the teachers. That isbecause each learner has his/her preferences which can assist thestudent to understand the concept taught in classrooms. Therefore,teachers should familiarize themselves with students learningpreferences thus creating an active learning environment as well asmotivating students to obtain academic objectives.

References

Ganesh,A. (2014). Alignment of Teaching Style to Learning Preferences:Impact on Student Learning.&nbspTraining&amp Development Journal,&nbsp5(2),119-131.

Ibrahim,R. H., &amp Hussein, D. A. R. (2015). Assessment of visual,auditory, and kinesthetic learning style among undergraduate nursingstudents.&nbspInternationalJournal of Advanced Nursing Studies,&nbsp5(1),1-4.

Saga,Z., Qamar, K., &amp Trali, G. (2015). LEARNING STYLES-UNDERSTANDINGFOR LEARNING STRATEGIES.&nbspPakistanArmed Forces Medical Journal,&nbsp8(3),73-81.