Auditory Learner

As the name suggests these type of children learn by sound. To learn they must HEAR. They are comfortable when a text is read and explained to them rather than reading the text themselves. According to Nusa Maal (2004), 20% – 30% of people are auditory learners. Even though less than one-third of the population prefers auditory learning, this is the way almost all schools provide instruction. Auditory instruction involves lecture, recalling information in sequence, and teaching through reading.Memorizing and reproducing lessons are easy for auditory learners. They love to talk and explain things. So in a group, they are the ones who do the talking. In fact, they will even interrupt when others are speaking to say what they want to say. It is difficult to stop them from talking. They cannot keep quiet for long. They are not afraid to speak and ask questions in public. They do very well in group discussions. They love to hear news on TV than reading a newspaper.

When studying they read out their lessons as they need to hear what they read. Unlike visual learners, they are comfortable with lectures even if there are no visual presentations. They don’t like taking down notes and can remember most of the information just by hearing it. They are good at remembering dates and names. In music, some of the auditory learners are good at hearing a tune and reproducing it rather than feeling and expressing it. They can understand hidden meaning behind words by hearing the tone of the voice. They have good voice modulation. During conversations, they often use ‘auditory words’ like listen, hear, sound, noise, loud, ring etc.

How to teach an auditory learner?

  • They should be made to read aloud
  • Listen to audio books and recorded material of their lessons.
  • Use mnemonics, songs, and poetry for memorization
  • Ask them to talk about what they have learned.

Body Language of Auditory Learners

  • While speaking they use their voice as per the punctuation. That means pauses will be as much as it should be to explain commas and full stops. So they are good speakers
  • When communicating one on one the person may tilt their head to one side
  • They have a voice that resonates
  • Breathe in mid chest
  • Eye balls stay in the middle
  • Frowns while thinking and diaphragmatic breathing

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