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The Auditory Learning Style

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The Auditory Learning Style
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If you've ever thought about how social you are in class, and how nice it is when teachers just lecture instead of giving you long reading assignments, then you may have an auditory learning style. What is the auditory learning style? Read below to find out.

What is Auditory Learning?

Auditory Learning is one of the three different learning styles popularized by Neil D. Fleming in his VAK model of learning. An auditory learner will remember what the teacher says, and will be a helpful participant most of the time!

Strengths of Auditory Learning

Auditory learners may have trouble reading silently and responding in a quiet classroom. Those with an auditory learning style like to speak and hear others speak in order to learn best. Here are some other strengths of this learning type:

  • Great at explaining ideas
  • Understanding subtle changes in tone in a person's voice
  • Writing responses to lectures
  • Oral exams
  • Story-telling
  • Solving difficult problems
  • Working in groups
  • Participating in class discussions
  • Listening to directions

Auditory Learning Strategies for Students

If you're an auditory learner, and you can find out here if you are, you may find these things helpful when learning.

  • Play classical music in the background when studying
  • Study in groups or with another person by having people ask you questions aloud.
  • Read assignments out loud
  • Ask your teacher if you can record lectures to listen to later
  • Participate in class discussions as much as possible.
  • Sit near the front of the room so you can hear
  • Learn facts by recitation

Auditory Learning Strategies for Teachers

Your students with the auditory learning style, about 20 per cent of your class, will also be your social butterflies, so it's important to make good usage of their strengths while dampening their need for social time during a lecture.

Try these strategies for reaching those students with an auditory learning type:

  • Call on auditory learners to answer questions
  • During a lecture, ask your auditory learners to repeat ideas in their own words.
  • Allow any struggling auditory learner to take an oral exam instead of a written one.
  • Differentiate your teaching strategies to include lectures, paired readings, group work, experiments, projects, plays, etc. to keep auditory learners in their social element.
  • Reward class participation
  • Have your auditory learners give speeches on proposed topics
  • Regulate your voice tone, inflection, and body language during lectures.
  • Allow students with an auditory learning style to listen to approved music while studying in class.
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