Learning styles, part 1: auditory


        Each of us learns in different ways. The phrase "learning style" refers to the way we use our senses to maximize learning. Our senses donít work independently, but in concert with each other. Frequently, people have a dominant style that is supported by a second one.

        Parents who assist their young children in homework and studying can benefit from knowing the differences among these learning styles. It is especially useful for parents to understand that their childrenís preferred mode may differ from those of the parents. This is especially significant because it means that the methods that were useful to parents when they were students may not work as well with children who learn differently.

        Each week of this series we will look at a different learning style. The entire series will be posted here.

Auditory learners

        These learners learn best through their ears by hearing/listening. Talking also figures into their learning. They will be able to make the best use of instructions that are given verbally. When they read, they are likely to do so out loud; as they get older, it may become more of a whisper. At any rate, if you see that lips are moving while reading, it is a good indication that you have an auditory learner.

        A significant component of learning for an auditory learner will be a study partner. By having such a person, there are opportunities to talk and listen to another person about the material being studied. With the youngest children, this other person may be parents or siblings. As children go into the higher grades, this will mean that peers become their study buddies.

How do you best work with an auditory learner?

        These are some useful techniques for working with these children:

  • Read, spell, and write out loud.
  •  Play games with the language. Poetry, rhyming, and word play are good means of doing this.
  • When there are instructions, say them out loud.
  •  Use verbal, rather than written, language to talk about all aspects of the job.
  • After reading the material out loud, draw conclusions about it by talking about it.

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