Learning styles are the manner in which we best learn and process information. Examples of learning styles includ auditory learners, kinesthetic learners, and visual learners. Each of us has a preference (either obvious or less obvious) to one style of learning or another. As children develop, they can progress through different stages and preferences of learning.
Kids can succeed with a variety of learning styles. One strategy is to address the sense of hearing when teaching new concepts or reinforcing older concepts.
There are many characteristics of a student who is an auditory learner. A few indications include the children who can’t seem to stop talking, the child who repeats verbal information outloud, or the child who prefers discussion in classroom activities.
Read below to find more characteristics of auditory learners and activities for auditory learners in the classroom or at home.
Characteristics of Auditory Learners
Not all children who are auditory learners will experience all of the characteristics below.
Prefer listening in the classroom
Like to talk
Can’t concentrate when there are noises in the environment
Can’t fall asleep to music or a television
Benefits from repetition of directions
Learns best when listening
Learns well from videos
Easily recalls songs, poems, and phrases
Talks out decision processes
Remembers facts in detail when hearing them
Prefers to hear all of the facts when learning something new
Hums or talks to self
Easily can identify differences in pitch or tone of sounds
Follows verbal instructions better than written instructions
Prefers smaller groups in the classroom (limits the auditory distractions)
Remembers facts better after repeating them
Talks or moves lips while they write
Recalls a person’s tone of voice when remembering a conversation
When reading or writing, written information may not make sense until it’s been read aloud
Writes with light pencil pressure
Children who learn best through the auditory sense may benefit from auditory strategies. Try some of the activities for auditory learners that are listed below:
Activities for Auditory Learners
Read homework directions out loud
Record facts on video and then replay it. A mobile phone or tablet works well for this strategy.
Sing facts to a tune
Write a song when memorizing facts or spelling words
Teach to other students or even to stuffed animals
Practice in front of a mirror
Try a whisper phone
Listen to books on tape using headphones
Spell words out loud in different pitches and tones
Use noise eliminating headphones in the classroom or during tests
Find a quiet space for homework
Turn off distractions. Consider televisions, phones, or even fans
Use mnemonic devices to memorize facts
Listen to audiobooks
Use oral reports for classroom projects
Allow students to record portions of homework or projects onto devices
Make flashcards and read them out loud
During classroom lessons, clap or speak louder during important parts
Speak in syllables
What are your best strategies to help auditory learners?