Best Ways to Study as a Tactile Learner

Athina Hansen

Athina Hansen

Content Writer at Gradehacker

How to Study as a Tactile Learner

If you are a tactile learner, this is what you can do to boost your study time:

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As a tactile learner, you must know the right study methods to improve your study techniques and remember information more easily.

Think of the last time you studied for an exam. Were you able to remember the topics effectively? Or did you instead find that on the day of the exam, as soon as you read the first question, your mind went completely…blank.

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Having a mental lapse as soon as you sit for an exam happens to the best of us! And if this sounds like you, there is a chance this problem comes from your learning process.

But for you to truly benefit from your tactile learning style, we created a list of tips and methods to help you!

1. Find a Learning Environment That Allows For Movement

The environment in which you study is very important to your studying success.

This is why it’s necessary to consider a learning environment that allows you to concentrate and focus best by having a sense of touch and doing all the physical movements you need.

As a tactile learner, make sure the place you choose to study allows for body movement. Even though your bed sounds amazing, this probably isn’t the best place to study!

You need space to move!standing desk can be a great option for tactile learners, but just being somewhere you can move and walk from one side to the other will be more than enough.

If you want to learn how to create the ideal study environment that suits your needs and likes, check this out!

2. Take Physical Activity Breaks When Studying

As a kinesthetic student, studying for long periods of time is not going to work out for you (more of that in a bit.) So then, what are you actually supposed to do when taking breaks?

Taking a break doesn’t mean checking Instagram for 10 minutes; it means moving around after being sat down for a while. By including active movement in your breaks, you will be able to regain the necessary focus to go back to studying.

You can try game boards or movement exercises such as stretching, walking around the house, or anything else that will get you moving when you pause your studying.

Engaging in physical activities during study breaks not only benefits tactile learners by providing them with much-needed movement but can also contribute to their overall classroom performance, as different kinds of learners have unique needs and preferences when it comes to learning and retaining information.

You will find that after some physical action, your concentration will be increased. By sitting down for a long time, you will end up getting distracted and not absorbing the information.

3. Write and Rewrite Your Notes

As a kinesthetic learner, your memory depends a lot on movement!

One of the best hands-on activities you can use to make a difference in the quality of your studying is writing your study notes on paper instead of typing them up on a computer.

Writing involves hand movement, so use it to your advantage!

Once you’re done writing your study notes, don’t close that textbook and call it a day. Rewriting your notes will be valuable for your memory. The repetitive movement will allow you to remember the topics for the exam.

Rewriting your notes on a separate sheet of paper once, twice, or even three times! Repeat this learning process as many times as you believe is necessary.

This way, you are implementing visual learning to your technique and tactile learning. The more you write and rewrite, the more information your brain will absorb!

And if this works for you, then you have something of a visual learner too! You can learn more visual learning tips you can incorporate into your study sessions and improve your techniques even more!

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4. Don't Sit Still While Studying

Choosing this tactile learning style means you process information most effectively when it involves some kind of active movement. This is why you might notice that your hands are always fidgeting with whatever they can get a hold of.

The biggest mistake you can make as a hands-on learner is reading and re-reading your pile of notes without stimulating your tactile sense.

It might sound silly, but fidgeting or involving movement will really make a difference in helping you both concentrate and remember the topics you are studying.

Just keep your hands busy!

There are a variety of ways that you can involve movement in your studying. Any repetitive movement will be helpful, from tapping your pen on the desk to shaking your foot or even using fidget toys.

Implementing this kinesthetic style, with its focus on physical movement and engagement, can greatly impact learning outcomes for all learners needing it.

5. Don't Study For Long Periods of Time

As a tactile learner, you may observe your peers who have already figured out their learning preferences studying for consecutive hours, but when you try to do so, your brain retains nothing!

This is because your brain will not maintain concentration when you study for long periods of time without taking any breaks where you can move around.

So simply add taking breaks to your routine.

This could be one of your learning strengths! Decide beforehand how much time you’re going to study before taking a break. Not a single time interval works best; it all depends on how long you can focus before becoming distracted.

For personal experience, we highly recommend the Pomodoro Technique.

Put a timer on your phone to study for 25 minutes and rest for five minutes. Repeat it three or four times, and then take a longer break of 15-30 minutes. Trust us, it works!

You can find our secrets to improving your productivity with the Pomodoro Technique right here:

6. Visit Museums that Relate to Your Exam Topic

As a tactile learner, you might have found that you remember information you find outside of your home or the classroom.

So, if you have any museums nearby, maybe plan a quick field trip!

By seeing and experiencing all that visual information through hands-on work, you will have an easier understanding and remembering it.

For example, you had a test on a historical event like the U.S. Civil War; visiting a museum about it would be a great way to complement your studies.

7. Find a Study Group

You might be thinking, what does a study group have to do with a kinesthetic learning style?

Finding a reliable group of classmates you can study with will allow you to use your tactile learning style well.

Together, you can come up with fun movements, create game cards, and find kinesthetic learning activities to help remember topics.

Even during online video classes, if you share the class with motivated students, you can enhance your educational experiences by studying with a partner(s) allows you to complement each other’s knowledge and help one another out.

If you don’t understand a certain aspect of the exam topic, your classmate can help explain it and, when possible, use movement to describe it.

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8. Act Out The Topics You're Studying

Using bodily movement will be a game changer for your studying!

That is why getting creative and physically acting out your topics will allow you to remember them for the test.

You might be confused about how to “act out a topic.”

Let’s say you have a biology exam next week on mitosis or the process of cell division. You can physically act out where chromosomes are located in each mitosis stage and what happens to them. 

For example, in anaphase, where the chromosomes are separated, you can act out the separation by walking away.

There is no right way to act out a topic.

Any movement patterns you can recreate to help mimic certain information will be useful. It might seem silly, but associating specific information with movement will boost your long-term memory.

9. Chew Gum While Studying

Believe it or not, something as simple as chewing gum while studying will really benefit you.

The repetitive movement of your jaw produced by chewing gum will help keep you focused on the task and help you remember what you are studying.

This slight movement will keep you on task and prevent you from becoming distracted due to wanting to move about.

10. Make Flashcards to Flip Through

While using flashcards is one of the many effective strategies visual learners use because it lets you test your knowledge on important terms, it can also be one for kinesthetic learners.

They are also a quick way to review information!

For students who benefit from the tactile learning style, the hand movement of flipping through flashcards will help keep you focused on the terms and definitions you are reading.

You can even get creative and turn flashcards into game cards. You’ll see that you will absorb the information more effectively!

You can take more tips that will benefit you when using flashcards in our article so you can know how to use flashcards for effective studying!

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How Do I Study Better as a Tactile Learner?

In order to study better, you should consciously implement methods that fit your primary learning style. Don’t try imitating other study techniques you’ve heard work if they are not specifically for a kinesthetic learner like you!

Make your ideal learning style a hands-on experience to get the best results. Although simple, these tips will change your study quality as they actively target your skills.

We understand your pent-up frustration due to countless nights of studying, with your exam marks not reflecting that. We hope these tips will improve your studying experience as a tactile learner and that you can finally retain information efficiently for your exam!

Athina Hansen

Athina Hansen

Athina has worked with Gradehacker both as a content writer and a study consultant, where she assisted college students with nursing courses. Athina has a background of educating others and producing content, having tutored college students and produced articles for her school magazine. She brings her experience to her current role, where she writes content to empower and assist the non-traditional college student who is often overlooked. You can find her on LinkedIn