Auditory Learning Traits and Strategies

The Auditory Learning Style

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If you have 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. Other tip-offs? You are a great class participant. You love music and love to study with music on even more. You are great giving and receiving verbal directions, too. What is the auditory learning style? Read below to find out.

Wondering what your learning style is? Not sure how to tell? You can find out here if you are with this easy, ten-question quiz!

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 typically remember what the teacher says and will be a helpful participant most of the time as long as the social strengths of this type of learner do not get in the way. People who tend to favor this type of learning are often the social butterflies of the classroom and can be easily distracted by those around them. Although they are great listeners, they can tune-in to everything else going on in the class, too. 

Strengths of Auditory Learners

From kindergarten to Calculus class, auditory learners will be some of the most engaged and responsive members of any type of classroom. Those with an auditory learning style like to speak and hear others speak in order to learn best, but they may have trouble reading silently and staying engaged in a completely quiet classroom. Here are some strengths of this learning type followed by ways to keep these types of students focused in class:

  • 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
  • Boosting the morale of other students

Auditory Learning Strategies for Students

Do you suspect that you are an auditory learner? If you do happen to carry this learning style or use it in combination with another, you may find the following learning tricks helpful when studying or sitting in class. More details about each auditory learning trick. 

  • Play classical music in the background when studying as long as it is lyric-free. You'll focus too much on the lyrics instead of your textbook, otherwise. Here are 50 great sources for lyric-free tunes to help you stay focused!
  • Study in groups or with a reliable study partner by quizzing each other aloud on the questions.
  • Read assignments out loud in your room or quietly to yourself in a library or quiet place. 
  • Ask your teacher if you can record lectures to listen to later.
  • Participate in class discussions as much as possible. Encourage other students when they speak so others feel just as comfortable as you do speaking in front of a group. 
  • Sit near the front of the room so you can hear the very best. 
  • Learn facts by recitation. 

Auditory Learning Strategies for Teachers

Your students with the auditory learning style, about 20 percent of your class, will also be your social butterflies, so it is important to make good use 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.