My biology teacher made my class take this test during the first week of classes. She said it was a way for her to understand how to group each person and how each student learns. Our class agreed and the test was taken. It was a quick survey about study habits and classroom habits. In the end, I found myself being classified as a Kinesthetic Learner.
A Kinesthetic Learner is a person who learns by doing as opposed to listening or looking. They are the hardest learners to cater for they learn through activities. During classroom discussions, they are usually seen doing small movements to keep themselves awake and occupied.
I agreed wholeheartedly to where I was classified. In all truth, Kinesthetic learners do have problems to deal with in and out of the classroom that other learners don’t have to worry about.
- The urge to sit on the table during class. Tables are for writing and chairs are for sitting. It’s difficult to control the urge to sit on the table at any point in time. Tables are higher and it allows a person to swing their legs as opposed to sitting.
- Being a distraction in class due to small movements. The simple gesture of tapping a pen at the edge of the table can be a nuisance to other students, but it also keeps a kinesthetic learner sane. The bouncing of the leg is a distraction especially if the gap between the table and the floor is exactly the length of one’s leg— those who are sharing the table with you will be disturbed.
- The lack of activities that involve movement in class. Activities are hard to cater during class as they are time-consuming.
- Quickly unfocused during studying at home. Kinesthetic learners, once they focus on studying, they will, but after a few minutes, they’ll lose concentration. In order to gain back their concentration, they resolve to eating food or walking around for a couple of minutes. This takes time, but it’s how Kinesthetic learners get the job done. Currently, writing about Kinesthetic learners is my way of getting my concentration back (along with the chips beside me).
- Most Kinesthetic learners result to food as a concentration returner. That is why they always have food stashes near their desks. Once they run out of food, they’ll immediately go to the kitchen or food storage to replenish their stash. If there is no ready to eat food, they’ll cook just so they could have food. Again, the process of doing so is time consuming.
- Kinesthetic learners have the tendency to fall asleep while reading a required book. That is why these types tend to result to Sparknotes or some book guide site to understand a book they cannot finish. What’s worse is that if the required book isn’t to their liking, they fall asleep instantly. I had this problem with Ilustrado in 3rd year High School and with a lot of 2nd year High School required reading books.