Auditory learning means learning through listening. Those who learn by listening depend on speaking and hearing others as the main way of learning. They must be able to hear instructions in order to understand. If you just write instructions, they will have a difficult time following those directions.
Auditory learners are taught best by hearing the information and using self-talk. Auditory learners love to hear themselves talk, participate in lectures and are generally very social. Working in groups is their preferred method of listening to lessons.
Auditory learners are a very good at assessing the true meaning behind someone’s words. They listen to audible signals like changes in tone. When memorizing, an auditory learner will say things out loud. They are excellent at writing down responses to lectures and group discussions. Oral exams are their preferred method of being tested. An interesting claim from researchers states that when an auditory learner reads, they must have background noise. Listening to music or having television on, people, talking, or any noise will help them focus their attention on the situation at hand.
In primary school, you can pick out your auditory learners as the ones who enjoy talking, talk aloud to themselves, and like to explain things to other students. They tend to remember names and understand concepts when talking about those concepts. The do have difficulty following written directions and often are slow readers. Don’t be alarmed if you hear some of your primary school students humming to themselves; these are your auditory learners trying to understand a concept.
How to Teach Auditory Learners
Use the phonetic approach when teaching reading in primary school to an auditory learner. Sound out the words and let them mimic you. Try rhyming words games. These are awesome to get the reading juices flowing. Encourage your auditory student to read aloud, even when reading independently.
Use audio and video tapes in your lessons. Books on tape are great ideas. Singing time will be awesome to auditory learners. They love to listen to melodies, rhythms and beat to reinforce information.
Reinforcing lessons means having auditory student answer questions orally. They are much better telling you the answers rather than writing down the answers. Let your student give oral reports, and have them repeat facts out loud and with their eyes closed. Repetition is excellent when trying to memorize facts and information. Let your auditory students study in groups and encourage parents to work with their auditory learning students out loud at home. Make sure you give all directions verbally.
Encourage auditory students to study by reading out loud the notes they have taken. Whisper new information to themselves when alone. Use a text to speech computer tool to listen to notes, and read class assignments out loud. If you have more than one auditory learner in your classroom, and you probably do, encourage them to work together and discuss (quietly) lessons and information.