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Auditory learners


Auditory learners are learners who prefer to process and learn by hearing and discussing information. They prefer to have information presented to them verbally instead of , or in addition to, in writing. They learn by listening to others explain, debate, summarize or discuss information about topics they are studying.  Auditory learners, however are not passive.  Auditory learners like to talk and listen as they learn.

The following are additional characteristics of auditory learners:
  • Often engage in discussions and enjoy the process of communication
  • Learn by explaining information in their own words, expressing their understanding or opinions and providing comments and feedback to other speakers.
  • Can accurately remember details or specific information heard in conversations, lectures, movies or music.
  • Have strong language and vocabulary skills and an appreciation of words, their meaning and their etymology.
  • Have strong oral and expressive communication skills and are articulate.
  • Have "finely tuned ears" and may find learning a foreign language relatively easy.
  • Have above average ability to hear tones, rhythms and notes of music and often excel in areas of music.
  • Have keen auditory memories.
Auditory learners often select learning strategies that code or process information through their auditory channel into memory.  The following essential strategies for auditory learners strengthen and utilize auditory skills.  You might already doing these strategies but for those who are not but willing to try these strategies.

  • Participate in discussions. Actively engage in group activities, discussions, study groups and in tutoring sessions.
  • Paraphrase and summarize. Express your ideas to others,paraphrase speakers and summarize what you learn from lectures, conversations and discussions
  • Ask questions. Show your interest and clarify information by asking questions.  Practice recalling information and answers that you hear.
  • Verbalize. Read out loud to activate your auditory channel or auditory processes. For difficult materials, read with exaggerated expression as the natural rhythm and patterns of language tend to group words into units of meaning when spoken.
  • Recite frequently. Reciting involves stating information out loud, in your own words, in complete sentences. and without referring to printed information.  Reciting provides you wish feedback to gauge how well you remember and understand information.  
  • Record lectures. In difficult classes, request permission to record lectures.  Use the recording to review and complete your notes after class.
  • Use technology. Check with your learning labs, library, internet resources and electronic applications for audio materials and products to use to reinforce learning. 



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