Do you learn best by listening? Find out about the most effective study strategies for auditory learners in this article by San Diego tutor Natalie S…
People generally learn new concepts in a few different ways. Some people are tactile learners; they use a hands-on approach to grasp and understand new material. Others are visual learners; they have to see a concept in order to comprehend it. Lastly, there are auditory learners. The most effective way for auditory learners to understand a new concept is to listen and hear the information. It is more common to be a visual learner than an auditory learner, and because of this, teaching strategies in schools are often geared toward visual learners. This makes comprehension of new ideas and lessons a little more difficult for auditory learners. If you are an auditory learner, check out our tips below to help you study in the most effective and efficient ways for you.
1) Cancel out noisy distractions.
As an auditory learner, sound is the most important aspect of your learning environment. Find a silent place to study, so that you are not distracted by ambient noise. If this option fails, invest in some noise-canceling headphones.
2) Hire a tutor.
A tutor can sit with you one-on-one while you re-read information aloud. You can also work with peers in the same way, reviewing and teaching the information to each other. This is a great way for auditory learners to engage in new material.
3) Record your lectures.
A class structure that is primarily based on lecturing is great for auditory learners. If your teacher permits it, ask if you can record the lectures, so you can listen to them again at home when you are reviewing the information. These recordings end up being great study tools to use later when preparing for exams.
4) Create a mnemonic device.
Experts suggest that this is one of the best learning methods for auditory learners. If you’re struggling to remember a specific concept or piece of information, try creating a mnemonic device for it. Turn the information into a song, a rhyme, or some sort of word association. By creating an interesting association, you’ll be more likely to remember the information.
5) Teach yourself.
If you learn best by listening, then try talking to yourself. Read the material aloud while you study, and review the concepts out loud as if you were teaching a class. This combination of reading and speaking the same information aloud will help you comprehend and internalize the information quicker.
These easy tips and tricks are designed to help auditory learners study more effectively and efficiently. Good luck!
Natalie S. tutors in English, ESL, History, Phonics, Reading, and Test Prep in San Diego, as well as through online lessons. She received her BA in English Education at the University of Delaware, and her MA in English Literature at San Diego State University. Learn more about Natalie here!
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