Created By: HiWayXingFrog on July 5, 2011 Last Edited By: HiWayXingFrog on March 17, 2015

Kinesthetic Learner

Learns by doing

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Some people in fiction take to new things very quickly. Others aren't so lucky, and often need to be taught. This can happen in many ways, but most of them don't make for interesting storytelling. Enter the Kinesthetic Learner. These are people who learn best by doing and engaging in hands-on activities. In short, they are primarily Taught by Experience. This allows characters to be given new abilities or attributes and gives a method for showing how they were acquired, which is usually arduous trial and error.

Anime&Manga
  • The titular character of Naruto, being the type who has difficulty understanding concepts, has been noted as this by two out of his three teachers, and is himself aware of how he learns best. When training with Killer B to learn the Tailed-Beast Rasengan, he notes that the whole 8:2 ratio of black to white chakra deal is confusing, and tells B to just tell him when he's got it right and he'll remember what it feels like.

Live-Action TV
  • In Happy Days when Fonzie becomes an engine repair teacher at Jefferson High he gets frustrated because his students can't learn how to fix a carbourator from him showing them once, quickly, like he learned. He talks about his uncle teaching him to tie a tie by putting it around both their necks and holding Fonzie's hands in his while tying it, and then Fonzie does the same thing with the students changing the carbourator.
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  • July 6, 2011
    HiWayXingFrog
    bump
  • July 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Sounds like a non-sexual version of Hands On Approach.
  • July 6, 2011
    Generality
    I know exactly what you're describing, but I can't think of any examples.
  • July 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Happy Days when Fonzie becomes an engine repair teacher at Jefferson High he gets frustrated because his students can't learn how to fix a carbourator from him showing them once, quickly, like he learned. He talks about his uncle teaching him to tie a tie by putting it around both their necks and holding Fonzie's hands in his while tying it, and then Fonzie does the same thing with the students changing the carbourator.
  • July 7, 2011
    Deboss
    I think Learning Through Doing or something would work better than Kinesthetic Learner, simply due to better vocabulary penetration.
  • July 7, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Learns By Doing. Kinesthetic is the proper term for this, but a redirect would help too.
  • July 7, 2011
    Katuko
    Isn't this similar to Mega Manning? The description includes "[...] some heroes merely have to see a special ability or attack being used a few times, and will pretty much learn it instantaneously, or be able to copy it."
  • July 7, 2011
    GKaiser
    I'd say it's a good deal away from Mega Manning - for one, it doesn't limit itself to a special ability or attack but can apply to the most menial of all tasks; say, ironing, sewing, etc. If anything, Mega Manning would be a sub- or sister trope to this pertaining to the quick or instant learning of combat(?) moves.
  • July 7, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Mega Manning also tends to be a special ability/power in and of itself.
  • July 9, 2011
    HiWayXingFrog
    @randomsurfer

    So, Fonzie was an Instant Expert, but he taught his students in a kinesthetic fashion?
  • July 9, 2011
    oztrickster
    Taught By Experience might cover this
  • July 9, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^Right. He thought everyone could do that and when he found out otherwise, it was the only way he could think of to teach them.
  • July 11, 2011
    HiWayXingFrog
    ^^ From the way I read it, Taught By Experience is an instance where a character learned something in particular through doing (Though I may be mistaken). This is for characters who fundamentally learn better in that manner.
  • July 11, 2011
    oztrickster
    ^Yep, I got confused by the opening lines which suggested it was about characters that use it as their primary learning technique.

  • July 15, 2011
    HiWayXingFrog
    well, now that what the trope is has been established...bump.
  • July 19, 2011
    peccantis
    Why is this not People Sit On Chairs?
  • July 23, 2011
    GuesssWho
    Yeah, this isn't much of a trope. Just a thing.
  • March 17, 2015
    HiWayXingFrog
    bump
  • March 17, 2015
    DAN004
    The "muscle memory" thing is related to this.

    Related is Experience Points: It represents how much we did certain things so that we can advance ourselves.

    • Mega Man Zero: In the first and second games, if you use all of Zero's weapons enough times, you can learn to do additional things with those weapons.
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