Auditory Learning Style

People who have an auditory learning style learn best by hearing. If you, your child or your student prefer this style you probably have a a good sense of pitch and rhythm and like to work with music. Identifying different sounds and musical instrument is natural for you. 

Specific music evokes strong emotions. You recognize music from movies, TV shows and other media and you find yourself humming or tapping a song or jingle.

Knowing your learning style is important for knowledge acquisition and understanding new concepts. It is also important for building self understanding and for building self esteem.

The Characteristics of an Auditory Learner 

  • Learns through listening. 
  • Learns through verbal lectures, discussion, talking things through, and listening to people. 
  • Interprets the underlying meaning of speech through tone of voice, pitch and voice speed.
  • Prefers directions given orally.
  • Seldom takes notes or writes things down. 
  • Prefers lectures to reading assignments. 
  • Often repeats what has just been said.
  • Talks to self. 
  • Benefits from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder. 
  • Sits where sound can be heard. Might not pay attention to what is happening around. 
  • Hums or talks to himself/herself or others when bored. 
  • Acquires knowledge by reading aloud. 
  • Remembers by talking verbalizing the content of lessons to themselves. 

Have a look at Understanding Different Learning Styles, Visual Learning Styles and Kinesthetic Learning Style for more information on this topic. 

Learning and Techniques for an Auditory Learning Style

If you are an aural learner, use sound, rhyme, and music in your learning. Focus on using aural content in your association and visualization.

Use sound recordings to provide a background and help you get into visualizations. For example, use a recording of an aircraft engine running normally, playing loudly via a headset, to practice flight procedures.

Use a recording of the sound of wind and water when visualizing sailing maneuvers. If you don't have these recordings, consider creating them while next out training.

When creating mnemonics or acrostics, make the most of rhythm and rhyme, or set them to a jingle or part of a song.

Use the anchoring technique to recall various states that music arouses in you. If you have particular music or a song that makes you want to 'take on the world,' play it back and and take notice of your emotions and state of mind.

When you need the boost, you can easily recall the state without needing the music.

Careers and Phrases of an Auditory Learning Style

Some careers that use the aural style are playing, conducting, or composing music, and sound engineering (mixing and audiovisual work).

You may tend to use phrases like these:

  • That sounds about right.
  • That rings a bell.
  • It's coming through loud and clear.
  • Tune in to what I'm saying
  • Clear as a bell.
  • That's music to my ears.

How to Make your Auditory Learning Style Work for You

  • Think aloud and talk to yourself.
  • Participate in class discussions and debates.
  • Make speeches and presentations. 
  • Read text out loud—especially when proofreading or when you are tired. 
  • Create musical jingles and mnemonics to aid memorization. 
  • Use a tape recorder during lectures. 
  • Discuss your ideas verbally with a friend or small group. 
  • Use verbal analogies and story telling to illustrate your point. 
  • Recite information to better memorize material. 
  • Sit near the side or back of the classroom where there is less visual stimulation.

Auditory Learners Usually --

  • Enjoy talking.
  • Talk aloud to themselves.
  • Like explaining things to others.
  • Remember names.
  • Recognize variations in a person’s tone of voice.
  • Understand concepts better by talking about them.
  • Are distracted by background noise.
  • Have difficulty following written directions.
  • Read slowly.
  • Have difficulty being quiet for extended periods of time.
  • Like being read to.
  • Memorize things by repeating them aloud.
  • Enjoy music.
  • Whisper the words on the page as they read.
  • Hum or sing often.
  • Like being around other people.
  • Enjoy the performing arts.

If You, Your Student or Child Has
an Auditory Learning Style --

Learn reading by:

Using the phonetic approach; rhyming word games and by always reading aloud.

Use auditory materials such as:  video tapes, audio tapes, books on tape and melodies, rhythms and beats to reinforce information.

For an Auditory Leaning Style:

  • Answer questions orally.
  • Give oral reports.
  • Repeat facts aloud with their eyes closed.
  • Use repetition to memorize.
  • Recite information aloud when studying (i.e., facts, spelling words).
  • Use tape recorders to record and play back lessons.
  • Participate in small and large group discussions before working independently.
  • Study in groups.

Give and receive directions verbally, paraphrase key information, use a quiet place for homework, and play music softly in the background.

Boost your or your students' or child's confidence and self esteem by understanding auditory learning style and by using proven strategies for enhancing understanding and learning.

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