In the learning field, there are many different approaches. Different people learn in different ways, and teachers may employ different styles in instructing their students. Sometimes overlooked are the many benefits of auditory learning. There are some advantages of auditory learning that other learning styles cannot capture, although they may be effective in their own ways.
Here is some basic background on the different learning styles and why, in some cases, auditory learner benefits may outweigh some of the other styles of learning.
Visual Style of Learning
In today’s world, which is heavily populated by screens, from television to computer monitors to movie theaters, it’s not surprising that the visual style is highly popular. Visual learners tend to respond to pictures, illustrations, animated videos and other teaching methods that stimulate the eyes. The advantage to this style of learning is that it’s quite easy to recall something you’ve seen before.
The downside is that if you need to learn only from text or speech without visual assistance, integrating the information can be quite difficult.
Read/Write Style of Learning
This type of learning focuses on reading and writing. Some people learn best by writing down notes and then reading them later. This type of learning often makes the learner more of an independent learner.
However, if they find themselves watching or listening to something without the ability to take notes, they may struggle to integrate the information.
Kinesthetic Style of Learning
This learning style is for action-oriented learners. They learn by doing — by jumping in and figuring things out through trial and error. Most video games today take advantage of this style of learning to teach users how to play their games.
The disadvantage to this type of learning is that, without preparation, complicated tasks may see the learner fail frequently before they get the hang of it.
Auditory Style of Learning
As you might have guessed, auditory leaners learn mostly by hearing. Auditory learner advantages include the fact that you don’t have to see or read what you are required to learn. You can listen to e-books, hear recorded lectures or figure things out through discussion.
One of the major benefits of this style over other styles of learning is that you’re unlikely to be in a situation where there is no auditory stimulus to learning. Most videos and lectures have a speaking component, after all. The only situation where an auditory learner might be at a disadvantage is if written material is the only source of instruction.
Another big advantage of auditory leaners is that those who are skilled at auditory learning tend to retain information more effectively. Visual and Read/Write learners may hear important information, but it may, as they say, “go in one ear and out the other,” without them even realizing it. Auditory learners are better at holding on to what they hear.
This can be very useful if you’re trying to learn while in the midst of other tasks, such as talking to multiple people at an event, listening to an audiobook in the car or trying to build something following auditory instructions.
Are you an auditory learner? Would you like to be a better one? Many people can train themselves to be better auditory learners simply by making an effort to be more focused on the things they hear. For others, however, this style is simply not suited to them, which is fine. We all can learn in our own ways!
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