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Are you an Auditory Learner? Come to CAS to find out!

You are probably an Auditory Learner if you:

  • learn better when you HEAR information
  • do better in lecture situations than in those requiring a lot of reading

To get the most out of reading:

  • Before beginning an assignment, set a specific study goal and say it out loud: "In the next hour I will read pages 55-65 and answer questions 1-10."

  • Preview a chapter before reading by first speaking the title and headings, and commenting or describing to yourself pictures, charts, maps, and diagrams.

  • Read aloud whenever possible. In a places like libraries try "hearing" the words in your head as you read.

  • When "hearing" the text's words, whether aloud or in your head, emphasize tone and the significance of punctuation, the cadence (as if it were a speech), stress whatever words seem important, and insert exaggerated pauses when the subject changes or point of view switches.

To maximize studying:

  • Since listening and auditory processing are your strength, don't miss any lectures - your primary source of information - and take excellent notes.

  • If you can choose your seat in a classroom, sit toward the front and away from the auditory stimuli of hallways and windows.

  • You might want to tape-record some categories of lectures: where the professor speaks too rapidly, when the professor puts great weight on lecture material, or when the professor delivers a particularly exciting and clear lecture. Don't forget the Fast Forward button - you don't have to listen to the whole thing again. Maybe just make a mix with highlights that need to be memorized and carry it around with you - jogging, driving, exercising, falling asleep, etc.

  • Summarize your notes or study material, with lively and emphasized pronunciation, into a tape mix.

  • Use color and visual highlighting to mark up written material like textbooks and handouts, and talk aloud to yourself as you annotate main points in the margin if there's room.

  • Write vocabulary words, in color, on index cards with short definitions on the back. Review them frequently by reading the words aloud and saying the definitions.

  • Consider using songs, melodies, or rhythm as a mnemonic background for rote memorization.

  • Music or white noise in the background might be energizing and helpful. Consider associating sounds, melodies or even lyrics with things you need to memorize to make it easier to store and then retrieve information.

  • Get into a study group where you can discuss course material. Or try to teach it to someone else or explain it aloud to your self - besides reinforcing it via your strongest channel, you'll be monitoring how well you have actually learned the material. Consider it an oral rehearsal.