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Auditory Learning Style

Learning by Hearing

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"Auditory learner" is a phrase used to describe students who tend to retain information more thoroughly when the information is reinforced through sound. Auditory learning methods could include anything from musical notes to voice recordings or chants.

Students with strong auditory learning preferences may prefer class lectures to assigned readings. They may struggle to understand a chapter that covers a complex topic, but then experience a full understanding as they listen to the class lecture.

An auditory learner may benefit by using the speech recognition tool available on many PCs.

Auditory learners may have a knack for ascertaining the true meaning of someone's words by listening to audible signals like changes in tone. When memorizing a phone number, an auditory learner will say it out loud and then remember how it sounded to recall it. If this sounds familiar to you, you might be an auditory learner!

You may be an auditory learner if you are someone who:

  • Likes to read to self out loud.
  • Is not afraid to speak in class.
  • Likes oral reports.
  • Is good at explaining.
  • Remembers names.
  • Notices sound effects in movies.
  • Enjoys music.
  • Is good at grammar and foreign language.
  • Reads slowly.
  • Follows spoken directions well.
  • Can't keep quiet for long periods.
  • Enjoys acting, being on stage.
  • Is able to memorize lines for a skit easily.
  • Is good in study groups.
Auditory Learners Can Benefit from:
  • Using word association to remember facts and lines.
  • Recording lectures.
  • Watching videos.
  • Repeating facts with eyes closed.
  • Participating in group discussions.
  • Using audiotapes for language practice.
  • Taping notes after writing them.
Worst test type:

Reading passages and writing answers about them in a timed test.

Best test type:

Auditory Learners are good at writing responses to lectures they've heard. They're also good at oral exams.

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