Institute of Learning Styles Research

Overview of the Seven Perceptual Styles

 
print aural visual haptic interactive kinesthetic olfactory
 

Kinesthetic Modality - The Kinesthetic Learner

  • Learns by doing, direct involvement
  • Often fidgets or finds reasons to move
  • Is not very attentive to visual or auditory presentations
  • Wants to be “doing” something
  • Tries things out and likes to manipulate objects
  • Gestures when speaking
  • Is often a poor listener
  • Responds to music by physical movement
  • Often finds success in physical response activities
  • Learns better when able to move during learning
  • Likes to move hands (doodling, tapping,) while learning
  • Uses movement to help concentrate

Click on each modality to find out more characteristics

 
Print - refers to seeing printed or written words.
Aural - refers to listening.
Haptic
- refers to the sense of touch or grasp.
Interactive - refers to verbalization.
Kinesthetic - refers to whole body movement.
Olfactory - refers to sense of smell and taste.
Visual - refers to seeing visual depictions such as pictures and graphs.