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Auditory Learner  
General Facts
  • The auditory learner MUST HEAR things for them to have the best chance of learning.
  • Only 30% of the general school-age population is auditory.
  • Generally, the auditory learner will remember 75% of what they hear in a lecture.
  • Using the auditory modality is the most difficult way to learn new material.
Learning Strengths of the Auditory Learner
  • Remembers what they hear and say.
  • Enjoys classroom and small-group discussion.
  • Can remember oral instructions well.
  • Understands information best when they HEAR it.
Learning Strategies for the Auditory Learner
  • Study with a friend so you can talk about the information and HEAR it, too.
  • Recite out loud the information you want to remember several times.
  • Ask your teacher if you can submit some work (if appropriate) as an oral presentation, or on audio tape.
  • Make your own tapes of important points you want to remember and listen to it repeatedly. This is especially useful for learning material for tests.
  • When reading, skim through and look at the pictures, chapter titles, and other clues and say out loud what you think this book could be about.
  • Make flashcards for various material you want to learn and use them repeatedly, reading them out loud. Use different colours to aid your memory.
  • Set a goal for your assignments and verbalise them. Say your goals out loud each time you begin work on that particular assignment.
  • Read out loud when possible. You need to HEAR the words as you read them to understand them well.
  • When doing maths calculations, use grid paper to help you set your sums out correctly and in their correct columns.
  • Use different colours and pictures in your notes, exercise books, etc. This will help you remember them.
Teaching Strategies for the Auditory Learner
  • Re-phrase points, questions. Vary speed, volume, pitch, as appropriate, to help create interesting aural textures.
  • Write down key points or key words to help avoid confusion due to pronunciation.
  • During lessons, ensure auditory learners are in a position to hear well.
  • Incorporate multimedia applications utilizing sounds, music, or speech (use tape recorders, computer sound cards/recording applications, musical instruments, etc.).
Major Traits of the Auditory Learner
  • Remembers what they say and what others say very well.
  • Remembers best through verbal repetition and by saying things aloud.
  • Prefers to discuss ideas they do not immediately understand.
  • Remembers verbal instructions well.
  • Enjoys the opportunities to present dramatically, including the use of music.
  • Finds it difficult to work quietly for long periods of time.
  • Easily distracted by noise, but also easily distracted by silence.
  • Verbally expresses interest and enthusiasm.
  • Enjoys class and group discussions.
Activity Suggestions for the Auditory Learner
  • Oral report or presentation
  • Musical performance
  • Teach the class or a group
  • Puppet show
  • Panel discussion
  • TV/radio show
  • Debate
  • Verbal games
  • Tape recordings
  • Show and tell/current events
  • Songs
  • Peer tutoring
  • Raps
  • Oral presentations
  • Poems
  • Demonstrations
  • Oral recitation