This is the fourth and final article of a series that has presented Learning Styles in the Texas Holdem Poker Learning Process. We have been addressing how the Learning Styles concept can be applied in a learning situation including the development of Texas Hold Poker knowledge and skills. We have previously dealt with the Auditory Learner and the Visual Learner. This article will deal with the Kinesthetic or Tactile Learner. Tactile relates to touching and feeling. Feeling also has an emotional connotation that applies in this instance as well. Kinesthetic relates to action and movement. Therefore, the Kinesthetic Learner learns best through physical actions that involves handling and manipulating objects using emotions as a motivator.
The first step in this process is to determine your learning style. The following statements describe how Kinesthetic Learners react to a variety of situations or circumstances pokerpelangi.
You trust your instincts or gut feelings in helping you make poker decisions.
At the poker table you fiddle with your poker chips or like to have a card cover. You may be pretty good at doing poker chip tricks.
When you have made a big decision like all in, you are compelled to get up and walk around.
When playing poker online you need to be doing something else like squeezing a ball, drumming with a pencil, constantly changing positions or other small physical activities.
When you recall a past event you remember the emotions that you experienced or actually re-experience them.
You instinctually know the direction you are facing pelangiqq.
You spend your leisure time involved in physical activities or doing things.
When you make a new purchase that requires assembly you generally ignore the directions and just get at it using trial and error.
In conversation you say things like I know how you feel, get a grip or just do it.
When shopping you pick items up, handle them or test how they work.
You greet friends with a hug. You use physical contact or movement when you are talking to someone, i.e. place a hand on a shoulder, gesture, move around, etc.
You express your anger physically, stomp out of the room, throw things, slam doors, etc.
You like sports and consider yourself a good athlete.
You enjoy games like charades that involve acting things out.
You have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time.
This is not a scientific analysis based on years of research but if these statements capture the way you do things, you are probably a Kinesthetic or Tactile Learner .. So what works best for you?
Your teachers, parents and even you may think that you are hyperactive. This may or may not be the case, but many of the techniques that have been applied to working with the hyperactive learner can work for you. Don’t be offended by the implications, being a Kinesthetic Learner is not a handicap. On the contrary, a great many very intelligent and successful individuals including very successful artists and athletes are Kinesthetic Learners. The approaches to learning that I am suggesting here will merely help you acquire knowledge in the most expedient manner.
Your learning cannot be static, you must be doing or experiencing something at all times.
Whenever you engage in studying or concentrated learning activity, work for short periods of time 25-30 minutes taking short 5 minute breaks in between. Don’t try to stretch the work periods or break periods any longer than suggested. If you stretch the work period you may take off or lose interest and if you stretch the break you might not want to get back to work. Shorter is better than longer.
Kinesthetic Learners are often athletic. Combine your learning with your physical conditioning. Read a book, magazine article or go through index or flash cards while you are on an exercise bike or treadmill. Again, keep each session for 20-30 minutes with a 5 minute break in between sessions.
Be comfortable when you read or watch an instructional video. Reading in a hammock, a swing or a rocking chair can give you physical movement when you read. Using a bean bag or big comfortable chair will allow you to change your body position as you read or watch an instructional video.
Read or watch instructional videos while lying on your side, back or on your stomach.
Try to get the big picture before you start reading an instructional book. Scan the book quickly from front to back, looking at the cover, back and book jacket. Take a quick look at the Table of Contents noting the chapters. Flip through the pages perusing pictures, diagrams etc. very quickly. When you actually get into reading the book, scan each chapter in the same manner. There is no law that says that you are required to read the book in the order that it is published. You can read the chapters in the sequence that you find most interesting.
The use of colored transparent sheets over the text on the book page has provided good success for individuals.