Aural | Auditory Learning Style
Learning styles group common ways that people learn. Some children may have an auditory learning style. Auditory learning is not strictly related to being musical. Rather, it means that children learn best from listening to information.
How do I know if my child has an auditory learning style?
The best way to determine if your child has an auditory learning style is to observe how they prefer to do their homework and to ask their teachers how they behave at school. Children with an auditory learning style:
- Have a good sense of pitch and rhythm
- Like background noise
- Can easily identify different sounds
- Easily follow spoken instructions
- Like listening to someone explain things
- Enjoy discussion
- Enjoy reading aloud
- Tend to be very vocal in class
- May read more slowly
- Can remember past conversations in great detail
What are the strengths of auditory learners?
There are unique strengths to each of the seven learning styles. Children with an auditory learning style tend to very good at learning grammar and foreign languages since they like to hear how things sound. Additionally, such children may enjoy oral reports and explaining things aloud to a group or another individual. Auditory learners often say things to themselves, which makes them very good at memorising poems, scripts and people’s names.
How might auditory learners struggle?
Auditory learners love sound. However, there can be some areas that they may struggle in. For example, they may struggle to read silently or understand information when they do not read it out loud. Children with an auditory learning style may appear disruptive in class, as they don’t like to keep quiet for long periods of time. As auditory learners prefer hearing information to seeing it, they may struggle to visual information and diagrams and they may struggle to write under timed or silent conditions.
What strategies can be used to help auditory learners do well?
Understanding how children with an auditory learning style like to learn can help you as a parent support them at home. Here are some suggestions:
- Use rhyming or rhythmic mnemonics
- Read aloud, record and play back notes
- Listen to podcasts
- Have a study group or study buddy
- Have your child explain the information to you, or to another child
- Repeat facts with their eyes closed, to avoid visual distractions
- Give them opportunities to ask questions or discuss what they’ve been taught
- Don’t work with loud music as this is particularly distracting for aural learners
It is possible that your child does not only have an auditory learning style. They may use other learning styles too. Therefore, you could use a mixture of different techniques to cater for all the different ways that your child learns.
What types of career options might my child like?
Before children begin their GCSEs, they may be advised about future career options. Children with an auditory learning style may perform well in jobs with lots of sound. Therefore, they may like to be a musician, sound engineer, or radio DJ. However, as auditory learners tend to like to process information aloud they may also make good lawyers, translators, judges, speech pathologist, journalists, teachers or salesperson.