Contrary to visual or kinesthetic learners for whom finding learning resources can be quite accessible, auditory learners who thrive on listening and speaking can have a tough job in finding effective yet practical ways to revise. Learning in a classroom environment is one thing but revision is a very much personal activity and needs to be in order to be effective – everyone learns and understands at different paces so when solidifying that learning, it is crucial that the correct techniques, pace and resources are used.
Here some revision tips and ideas for auditory learners:
1. Covert to sound
There are ways to turn visuals to sounds, the most common being to record an oral commentary which is listened to for revision. Whilst most people rely on notes made in lessons to revise, auditory learners should consider investing in recording lessons so that they can be listened back to when the time for revision arrives.
Also when revising, a great technique for auditory learners is to speak out loud. This overlaps as a memory aid but must be strategically used as in the context of an exam, speaking out loud is not allowed so it is worth evolving the technique to discipline oneself to speak out loud ‘silently’.
2. Memory Aids
Acronyms and rhymes are age old learning techniques that work for most people as memory aids. Auditory learners should extend this technique by creating songs or even raps (if rhyming is effective) as a good means for revision. It is worth playing with sound to see what types of sounds are most effective – for example, perhaps rhyme is what sticks in the mind? Or maybe more rhythm is needed in which case a rap is better? Or melody is the strongest contender in which case a song can be created.
3. Create the right environment
Auditory learners often work best in environments that have background noise rather than silence. It is worth seeing whether having some music on in the background helps focus the mind when revising. This sometimes forms a distraction so if it is not working try an environment where there is general background noise, like a coffee shop or having the radio or television on in the background. Again, it may prove a distraction but if it works then it is a superb way to create a supportive learning environment.
Although everyone works at a different pace, auditory learners can particularly benefit from working in revision groups as discussing topics can be a great way to embed the knowledge in the mind. When it comes to remembering and applying the knowledge an auditory learner can recall these discussions which triggers the memory.
Every one is different, even if they respond best to the same learning style. Therefore techniques outlined should be tried and tested rather than seeing them as being methods that guarantee success.