We’re finishing our series on different learning styles and study habits by focusing on kinesthetic learners. Not sure if you’re an kinesthetic learner? Take this quiz to find out! Also check out our strategies for visual learners and auditory learners, or our podcast with lots more tips for kinesthetic learners in law school
Are you one of those people who cannot sit still in lectures and being forced to sit and read will make you feel as if your head will explode? Did you get the best grades in drama or science labs? If this describes you, chances are you are a kinesthetic learner. This type of learning style comprehends information best through hands-on studying and doing things.
Challenges for Kinesthetic Learners in Law School
The law school class environment caters more to the visual and auditory learning styles because of its emphasis on reading case law and outlining information. However there are different study techniques you can use to comprehend information in a hands-on way. Let’s look at five ways to study that compliment your strength as a kinesthetic learner.
Assemble Charts and Diagrams
Building a structure for your notes will help your mind comprehend the information and recognize patterns easily. Create flowcharts and graphs in a visual way when you re-write your notes and outline cases. For example, use different color Post-it notes to create flowcharts on whiteboards and empty walls. The act of creating the flowchart will help you retain the information.
Take Breaks When Studying
Kinesthetic learners often have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time. If that’s you, make sure you take frequent (but not too lengthy) breaks while studying. These quick study breaks will give your mind a chance to renew itself and refocus when you sit down to study again.
Combine an Activity with Studying
Kinesthetic learners retain information best when they are doing activities. Try going for a walk or run while listening to audio recordings of lectures and notes. If you’re a work out at a gym, review your stack of flashcards and outlines while you use the elliptical machine.
Use Tools Such as Flashcards and Mnemonics
Flashcards are great study tool for kinesthetic learners. There’s something about the act of writing out the cards, and the act of physically flipping them over, that engages lots of different parts of the brain. Mnemonic devices, such as songs or rhymes, are also great to pair with case law and your outlines.
Keep Your Fingers Busy While Studying
One way to engage a kinesthetic learner while studying is to engage your fingers in the studying. For example, trace words and re-write sentences to learn key facts. Typing your notes and using the computer is another great way to reinforce learning through sense of touch.
If you’re a kinesthetic learner, try a few of the study tips above to see which works best for you. Perfecting these techniques now will not only help you understand the material, but also get you ready come exam time.
Here are some other helpful posts:
- 5 Study Tips for Visual Learners
- 5 Study Tips for Auditory Learners
- What’s the Right Mindset for Studying?
- Two Simple Ways to Become a Better Law School Test Taker
- Hey, Do You Know How to Memorize Stuff?
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