I Don't Learn That Way: Auditory
Thus far, I have gone over visual learners and kinesthetic (hands-on learning can be read on VoicEd.ca). One of the VARK methods that I personally struggled with was an auditory learner. What is auditory learning? Students learn best through listening; whether it’s speaking or through music. Most of the time, I feel as though we tend to focus on kinesthetic and visual learners, as this is on the rise. However, we should not forget that there are still two other methods of learning.
Tips for Auditory Learners
1. Music to my ears: one of the main strategies for auditory learners is through music. This can be done through having soft classical music in the background, which can not only add to their learning potential, but also create a calming atmosphere. When teaching a new lesson, I have often integrated a short YouTube video that involved a song about the subject; this has even worked for Math! Students will continue to sing this funny song for days to come, and it will help them remember key concepts as well.
2. Flash cards: flash cards are very helpful for auditory learners. They can go through each card and read it out loud, or view a question on one side, attempt to answer it without looking, and then review the answer afterwards.
3. Name that equation: auditory learning is not only subjected to reading and writing. When solving a math equation for example, orally saying the steps you’re going to use can help. Try explaining what you’re doing to a classmate or tutor; by telling someone the steps and discussing it, the student will have an easier time expressing what they do and do not understand, as well as finding what areas they may need to work on.
4. Say it out loud: auditory learners can benefit from discussions, and group study sessions in which classmates talk about information and review together orally. Speaking out loud about upcoming quiz material and assignments will benefit your auditory learner. When writing an assignment, it can be best to read it out loud to go over any mistakes (this is also good for every learner- you sometimes read over grammar mistakes that you won’t catch unless it’s read out loud).
5. Oral presentations: keep in mind that your auditory learner may be better at giving an oral presentation, than writing a written test. Although this is not always feasible, when applicable, allow your student to give a presentation in replacement of a written assignment. You may be surprised at what they actually know; they can express themselves better.
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