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Learning To Learn: The Auditory Way
by Joanne Mikola
February 24, 2001

...Continued from Learning to Learn in Order to Teach

Auditory : Listeners and 'Own Voice' Types
Incidence and Trivia
Recognition of Primary Learning Style

Teaching Strategies Directed at Primary Learning Style

Develops in the 
Grade 2
During the late elementary years some students, primarily females, become auditory learners, who like to listen and discuss.
'Own Voice' Learners learn by hearing repetitions of their own voice and talk out loud as a part of the reasoning process.

  • Terrible handwriting, notes, and records.
  • Dislikes pantomimes, or charades.
  • Likes to  perform (or listen to) music than do (or view) art, 
  • Remembers things talked about in class better than things read.
  • Remembers names, forgets faces. 
  • Dislike copying materials from the bulletin or blackboard.
  • Like jokes or riddles better than cartoons or crossword puzzles.
  • Like games with lost of action or noises better than checkers or most other board games.
  • Sometimes make math mistakes because of not noticing the sign or because of reading the numbers or directions wrong.
  • The last one to notice something new e.g. that the classroom was painted or that there is a new bulletin board display
  • Mapping activities are difficult.
  • Using a fingers as a pointer read.
  • Hum frequently or whistle to self when working.
  • Sometimes complains of eye problems but tests are normal or glasses are correct strength.
  • Dislike reading from the computer, especially when the backgrounds are busy.
  • Does poorly on 'Matching' test questions. 
  • Leaves out words when writing, or sometimes writes words or letters backwards.
  • Sometimes mix up words that look similar (pill-pull, bale-hale).
  • Uses words such as listen, hear, tell, etc.
  • Enjoys listening but cannot wait to talk.
  • Descriptions are long and repetitive
  • Easily distracted by competing noises.

  • Use of tapes for reading and for class and lecture notes.
  • Learning by interviewing or by participating in discussions.
  • Having test questions or directions read aloud or put on tape.
  • *Reading - Though we see the words, most of us process the information by hearing ourselves say the words. As a result, researchers identify people who prefer to process by reading, auditory learners
  • Read text out aloud.
  • Help learners create mnemonics to aid memorization;
  • Use music to aid memorization.
  • Discuss ideas verbally.
  • Use verbal analogies and story telling to demonstrate a point.
  • Group work and projects.
  • They carry on mental dialogues and determine how to continue by thinking back on the words of others.

This doesn't exactly fit your profile or that of a child or student you might have been thinking of? Go on to 
Learning to Learn the Visual Way or
Learning to Learn the Kinesthetic/ Tactual Way and see if either more closely match the person.

If you know of a 'pure' Auditory learner and have tried other methods successfully to engage their learning and retention of information, please feel free to add your tips via email below.

References and Further Reading

Introduction to the DVC Learning Style Survey for College, by Catherine Jester, Learning Disability Specialist

Fruit Bats, Cats, and Naked Mole Rats: Lifelong Learning at the Zoo. ERIC/CSMEE Digest,
   by Barbara S.Thomson, Jason J. Diem,

Exploring Learning Styles and Instruction by Karen Hood

Submitted by:  © Joanne Mikola  I am a retired/expired Trauma O.R. Nurse who still thrives on blood, guts and crises. Give me a book, and I will relish every page. Give me a pen, and I can only stare hopelessly at the implications. Drop a note to Joanne

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