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What is my earning Style? – AUDITORY (strategies….)
AUDITORY (Aural) Learning
It’s estimated that about 30% of Americans prefer either listening or discussing/talking as the main way of receiving information, & retain up to 75% of what they hear. The Temporal Lobes handle aural content, the right temporal lobe being especially important for music.
The human ear can detect pitch changes as small as 3 hundredths of 1% of the original frequency in some ranges. Some people have ‘perfect pitch’, which is the ability to correctly name any musical note heard or sung correctly without help (map a tone precisely on the musical scale without reference to an external standard).
It is estimated that less than 1 in 10,000 people have perfect pitch, but speakers of tonal languages like Vietnamese & Mandarin show remarkably precise absolute pitch when reading out lists of words, as pitch is an essential feature in conveying the meaning of words in tone languages.
Sound plays a crucial role for everyone when learning, but especially so for auditory learners. In a typically developing child, hearing & vision work in tandem, to take in information about things around them. It helps to absorb their environment better, providing another layer of understanding that sight alone can’t offer. Like other skills, listening takes practice. Developing good listening habits helps children get important information from family members, teachers, friends, and coaches.
EXP: Playing tapes that involve both labeling & listening is best. Children may know what an animal looks like, but also hearing the sound it makes allows they to have a fuller experience.
As a group, strong auditory learners are somewhat difficult to describe. Some learn best by listening, while some by talking, but most combine the two, with strengths & weaknesses in each. This modality is considered a difficult way to learn new material.
Auditory Listeners prefer to take in new info mainly by hearing. When someone is explaining a new topic, they focus on what’s being said, often remembering directions or descriptions in great detail. These learners may like to hear stories or learn context about their subject, while others may actually find off-topic background confusing. They can remember quite accurately details of information they hear during conversations or lectures They remember the key words and phrases.
Since listening requires more concentration than seeing they’re usually slower at reading than other learning styles, prefer plays & dialogue to lengthy passages. Hearing an overview of a lesson is helpful so they can subsequent info to the preview. Some auditory learners find it difficult to both listen & take notes, or to listen & watch something at the same time. Equally, some of them study better with ambient sounds (TV, music, people talking….) – to block out other, distracting sounds, while others find noise breaks their concentration.
Auditory Talkers need to discuss what they are learning. They tend to ask a lot of questions to solidify new info, which can help them to pass on the newly learned material to someone else. In discussing their understanding of something new, they form links between that & what they already know. This oral processing (learning through speaking) helps them identify their grasp of the topic. Speaking also gives them the opportunity to learn through listening – to themselves – as well. When studying on their own they’ll move their lips or talk to themselves. Because of a fine-tuned ‘ear’ they may find learning a foreign language relatively easy.
Having strong verbal skills, they can to express their ideas clearly, carry on interesting conversations, have an appreciation for words & therefore a well-developed vocabulary. Auditory learners become skilled at interpreting info & reproducing it using their own understanding. This helps them interpret underlying meanings of others’ speech by listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed & other vocal nuances, giving many a knack for deciphering the true meaning of someone’s words by listening to such signals.
Speech patterns include phrases “I hear you // That clicks // That rings a bell // That sounds about right // It’s coming through loud and clear // Tune in to what I’m saying // That’s music to my ears…..”
Those with an Auditory Numerical Style understand numbers best if spoken or heard. They will say numbers to themselves when mentally figuring math problems or learning a phone number, & can add 3 numbers together without writing them down – & then easily remember the sequences later.
Auditory learners often have Musical talents & like to work with sound. They have a good sense of pitch & rhythm, can hear tones & individual notes. Many can sing, play or at least identify musical instruments, find themselves humming or tapping a song or jingle, popping into their head without prompting/ Certain music invokes strong emotions.
EXP: Research shows that playing certain classical music while studying, such as a Baroque Largo, is highly beneficial. This is because its BPM (beats per minute) is the same as the alpha brain wave state, the most receptive & alert mental state we can be in. Also, waltzes reportedly has a BPM in harmony with the natural rhythm of our body, which raises energies & consciousness into a positive state of mind.
Re. INTUITION (Clear hearing)
Hearing in the mind’s ear as if remembering a sound, though sometimes it’s so strong you think it’s real. It may be words, letters, music, or any other sound.
Some general AUDITORY Characteristics
KEEP IN MIND that which ever style is your preference you’re not going to identify with every single characteristic listed. That will depend on other factors, such as mixing in other learning styles with your primary one, your educational background and your native persona
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