What are some strategies for auditory learners

The auditory learner type: learning methods and tips

Just as there are long- and short-distance specialists in many sports who need different training stimuli, it can be extremely helpful for learning to find out which learner type you belong to. Because with this knowledge, particularly suitable strategies and methods for successful learning can be developed - this applies to young and old!

scoyo editorial tip: In our article "What types of learner are there? Tips for determining learner types" you can find out more about learner types in general and have the opportunity to take a learner type test for your child.

Children of the auditory learner type are likely to have learn particularly well by listening. This means that they are in very good hands in "classic" teaching, because frontal teaching is (generally) well designed for this learning method. Auditory learner types can understand oral presentations very well and easily memorize the content of what is said. So if you are very attentive in class, you don't have to study that much at home for the next class test - in the best case scenario! For this "rest" we have put together great, tailor-made learning tips.

5 learning tips for the auditory learner

So what methods are very practical if your child prefers to learn by listening? In general, the following applies: Because the ear is the most important organ for the auditory learner, they are easily distracted by noises. This can be conversations or music that is too loud. If your child is prone to such distractions, it is important that the learning environment is as quiet as possible and that no music is playing in the background, for example.

1. Read text from school books and the like out loud

When it comes to preparing for the next class test, it helps your child Read texts aloud. These can be texts from school books, workbooks or vocabulary, for example. It also includes your own notes! By "reading to itself", the ear is particularly integrated into the learning process and what is read is particularly attentively recorded. For a change and for support, parents and siblings can step in and read aloud.

2. Use audio books and other audio media

Audiobooks are a very practical learning aid for auditory learner types, as the ear is again specifically addressed. In the foreign language area in particular, there are a lot of great books with music. Besides, that will Listening to stories doesn't really feel like learning. If there is no suitable audio book for the topic to be learned, your child can make their own radio play - for example with a sound recording app: Simply speak the text from the school book into the smartphone and listen to it again and again. That trains digital skills at the same time! In addition to audio books and sound recordings, learning CDs and podcasts are also extremely useful for auditory learner types.

3. This is where the music plays

As mentioned above, loud music tends to be more of a nuisance when an auditory learner wants to concentrate on learning. But if you use the rhythm of the music for yourself and learn, for example, vocabulary about a suitable melody (such as the ABC song for example) or the rhythm, you will grasp unknown topics faster AND memory.

4. Give a lecture

Does what you have learned fit to some extent? Then it's time for you small talk for the family. For example, your child can use the time over dinner to explain aloud everything they have learned that day. This not only helps your child to repeat what they have learned in their own words, but also makes the whole family smarter. Possible gaps in knowledge can also be quickly identified and then filled with explanations.

5. Learning type techniques automatically address multiple senses

If you want to get started euphorically with your child right now, one big request: do not commit your child to a single learner type. That is not possible anyway! As the philosopher, theologian and one of the first educators Johann Amos Comenius already knew: people learn most successfully when they use as many senses as possible.

Much more effort is not always necessary for this: If your child writes index cards for vocabulary, which he then sets to music, the eye is also addressed and used as a visual sense organ. This is exactly what the learning process always benefits from.

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Learning types - (unfortunately) not a perfect learning recipe

Once again briefly on the concept of learner types: Frederic Vester established the term "learner type" in 1975 with his classic model (auditory, visual, haptic and cognitive learner type). However, this model is subject to legitimate criticism. On the one hand, because, according to his claim, the first 3 learner types only acquire knowledge through the use of the respective sensory organs. The process of cognitive comprehension, which is essential for learning, is defined by Vester as a separate learner type. Learning without cognitive performance is simply not possible. On the other hand, his theory lacks a scientific basis: There are no studies that confirm the existence of learner types.

Nonetheless, the learner type model has not only persisted in psychology and has been adapted several times, it is also extremely popular with teachers, parents and co. Who has anything against a guide to the holy grail of successful learning?

This test should therefore not serve to pin your child to a "learner type", but should provide an orientation. The scoyo learning type test helps to find out your child's learning preferences and to develop appropriate learning strategies. Because if your child knows which learning methods and learning materials are successful, it gives them security and self-confidence.

Last but not least: find out together with your child which learning strategies fit well and don't be afraid to change them again!