Auditory Language Style
Those who would rather listen than read:
- Read softly to self when you really want to concentrate
- Understand spoken directions better than written ones
- Learn better if someone reads to you that if you read silently to yourself
- Remember things you hear better than things you read
Auditory Numerical Style
Understand numbers best if spoken or heard
- Say numbers to yourself when figuring math problems in your head
- Can add three numbers in your head without writing them down
- Saying times tables helped you remember them better than writing them
- Learns math better from spoken explanations than written ones
- Try reading some textbook information out loud
- Try listening to some of your text material on tape
- Attend every lecture. Your learning style depends on this.
- Tape record selected lectures and listen to them again
- Classes with oral discussion of important information will help you learn and retain.
- Choose some classes that use this teaching style
- Review text material out loud
- Tape record important information and review by listening to your tape
- Form study groups
- Make index cards of important information and recite from them
- Review sessions will be especially valuable to you; the oral discussion will help you remember important information.
- Verbalize what you are doing when solving math problems
Poor Auditory Short-Term Memory
You may be verbalizing as you read and study because you have poor short-term memory. You are actually using the sound of your voice to extend a thought and give yourself time to grasp it. If this is a serious problem you may want to come to Student Academic Services for ideas. Multi-sensory learning techniques will be very important to you.
Adapted from : Laskey, Marcia l. and Paula W. Gibson, College Study Strategies. Allyn and Bacon, Boston, 1997.