Tips for Auditory Learners

Clues to Style

  • Excellent listeners
  • Prefers to get information by listening- needs to hear it or speak it to know it
  • Written directions more difficult to follow than spoken ones
  • Prefers listening to reading or writing
  • Has difficulty reading body language and facial expressions
  • Can reproduce symbols, letters or words by hearing them
  • Enjoys dialogues, plays, dictation
  • Favors music
  • Can learn concepts by listening to tapes
  • Often hum or talk to selves or others
  • Can repeat or fulfill verbal instructions
  • Learning phonics helpful to reading
  • Tends to listen first to lecture and then
  • Take notes or relies on printed notes
  • Written information may have little meaning unless read aloud
  • Solves problems by talking about them
  • Good at telling jokes and stories
  • Likes class discussions but can be easily distracted by noise
  • Filters incoming information through listening and repeating aloud

Study Tip Suggestions

  • Study in groups and talk things out
  • Get a small tape recorder
  • Record lectures, tutoring and study groups (makes a verbal record for review)
  • Reduce lecture notes to main ideas (3:1) and put them on tape
  • Read texts out loud or into recorder
  • Listen to lecture/text tapes while driving
  • Dictate papers, to be typed later
  • Read questions aloud
  • Work out problems aloud
  • Sit in the front of the class
  • Learn by participating in class discussions and debates
  • Make speeches and presentations
  • Create musical jingles or mnemonics to aid memorization
  • Use verbal analogies and story telling to demonstrate your point
  • Read explanations out loud
  • To learn a sequence of steps, write them out in sentences, then read them aloud
  • Explain ideas to other people
  • Recite, recite, recite
  • Discuss your ideas verbally whenever possible, even if you're having a conversation with yourself!