For some people, it is easiest to learn with their sense of hearing. This means that they learn best when they are able to listen as opposed to watching or doing. This is one of three common learning styles, and it is called auditory learning. Auditory learners may not understand why they have difficulty when they are taught using a method that relies on sight, such as diagrams. For this reason, it is important students learn what their learning styles are. This way students that are auditory learners can begin to use auditory learning strategies to get the most out of their studies.
Early on in a student’s education, his or her learning style should be determined. Teachers of middle and high school students may determine a student’s auditory learning style by observation and his or her grades. In some cases taking a quiz may also help to determine learning style. Students themselves are often able to determine their best learning style if they know what traits to look for, particularly high school and college students.
When students are auditory learners, characteristics typically include the ability to remember most of what they hear, talking while writing and following spoken directions with ease. The student may also enjoy oral reports, perform well in study groups, and excel at grammar. Students who tend toward an auditory learning style may also display other traits associated with auditory learners. Characteristics include being distracted by noise, forgetting faces but remembering names, and having difficulty with information that has been written down. In some cases, students who routinely ask for verbal instruction or are talkative in class may also be better at auditory learning.
After it has been determined that a student is displaying typical auditory learners characteristics, it is time that he or she learns how to make it work for them. Certain auditory learning strategies can help make this easier. For example, students with an auditory learning style should select a seat in the classroom that allows them to hear clearly. This should be in a place that is near the front of the class, close to the center. Sitting near windows, doors, or other talkative students should be avoided if possible. If a student is in middle school or in high school, he or she may be assigned to a specific seat. The student or the student’s parents may need to request a new seat that will allow him or her to hear clearly. College students may want to choose professors that allow them to use recording devices in class. Recording devices will also allow the student to record his or her notes at a later time for study. Working with a study group will also allow students to speak with others, which will assist with the study process. Listening to background music or speaking out loud while studying alone are both potentially helpful auditory learning strategies for some. For others, however, background noise such as music may prove distracting and should be avoided.
Roughly 30 percent of all learners are auditory learners. Ideally, a teacher or parent will discover a student’s learning style during the early years of his or her education. Even if they do not, students can adapt to auditory learning at any stage of their education. This will help them while they are in school, and also in their lives beyond the classroom. When a person understands that auditory learning is most effective for them, they will know what it takes to effectively learn new skills throughout their lives.