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Study Tips for Auditory Learners

Study Tips for Auditory Learners
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Molly Pennington, PhD January 8, 2015

Does your child learn best by listening? Leverage her talents and abilities with these study tips.

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Your child is considered an auditory learner if she gathers information with her ears.

These kinds of learners tend to understand material better when they hear it presented out loud. Auditory learners are highly verbal — they love having conversations — and may also have musical aptitude.

If you think that your child learns and remembers by listening, use these study strategies to play to her auditory strengths.

1. Discuss the content.

Auditory learners love to talk. They are also strong listeners — they remember information that they’ve heard before. If this is the case with your child, then discuss class material with her. Conversations will help her retain information and work through complex problems.

2. Record course material.

While sitting in a lecture and taking notes may work well for your child, recording the lecture and playing it back again later may help her better retain the information. If your kid is too young for lectures, then you can record related material together so that she can play it back anytime.

3. Repeat the content.

Encourage your auditory learner to verbalize her thoughts. She should read her textbook or notes out loud. Teach her to read “aloud” (in her head) to herself during tests or in the classroom. Doing this will help her understand the instructions, and having the experience of listening to certain words may trigger a memory of a class lecture.

4. Pay attention to background noise.

Your auditory learner notices sounds, and the wrong kind of background noise can be distracting. She may not concentrate as well if her favorite music is playing because it’ll divide her attention.

Some kinds of music, however, may actually enhance learning for her. Try classical or instrumental tracks (without words), as these may open her senses or relax her for the task at hand. For some study music recommendations from Noodle staff, read this article.

5. Encourage questions.

Since your auditory learner has strong verbal skills, encourage her to ask questions in her classes. Talking and listening are the ways that she often makes sense of information, so getting in the habit of raising her hand — to make a point or ask for clarification — will play to her strengths.

6. Read essays out loud.

If your auditory learner is working on an essay, have her read her work out loud. This will help her analyze what she’s writing, and she’ll be able to pay special attention to the flow of her piece. Reading out loud will also help her catch mistakes in her writing.

7. Make a jingle.

Music is a powerful tool for auditory learners. If your child is having a difficult time remembering facts for a quiz, have her create a short jingle so she can remember them. She can base it on a familiar tune and sing it a few times at home before the big day.

Want to learn more about auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners? Read our article: How to Identify Your Child’s Learning Style.


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