Study Strategies for the Auditory Learner

Effective study tools to help the auditory learner.
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Listening to audiobooks and processing information out loud is helpful for auditory learners.

Editor's note: This article is part of a series that offers specific study strategies that align with each of the learning styles.

The brain typically gravitates towards one of the following learning styles listed below.

  • Visual Learner: Learn by reading or seeing images.
  • Auditory Learner: Learn by listening or speaking out loud.
  • Tactile Learner: Learn by touching and doing, whether it be a physical activity or simulating an experience so as to create a personal connection. 

This post focuses on active study strategies for the Auditory Learner with an upcoming article offering strategies for tactile learners. 

Study Strategies for the Auditory Learner

Auditory learners remember what they hear. Listening to audiobooks and processing information out loud is helpful for auditory learners. Following are tools to help a child that has an auditory learning style.

Eliminate distractions

  • Choose a quiet space to study.
  • Wear noise-canceling headphones to block outside distractions.
  • If music helps your child focus, use music without lyrics.

Give a Listen

  • Invest in an audiobook app like Learning Ally.
  • While listening, stop every few minutes to write down key details in a graphic organizer.
  • Once the graphic organizer is filled out, read the content out loud.

Talk it Out

  • Read material out loud and then re-state the content out loud in your own words.
  • Work with a study buddy or parent to discuss the content and test each other out loud.
  • Record yourself reading key terms and definitions out loud, then listen back.

Get Creative

  • Create a song or rap to help remember the content.
  • Use a pre-existing melody.
  • Record yourself, listen back and sing along each day leading up to the test.

Stay tuned for the next article to learn strategies that cater to the tactile learner.