Aural Style of Learning

Aural (auditory-musical)

How do you know that you have an aural style of learning?

  • You find that using sound and music in your learning environment is a good strategy.
  • Do you seem to most often have a "song in your head?"
  • Do you find yourself regularly strumming your fingers or tapping your pencil?
  • Can you sing well or play a musical instrument?
  • When you hear certain songs, does it evoke strong emotions?

Implications for learning

  •  One of the most often used advantages is that aural learners can "set facts to music" which helps them to learn the information.
  • Aural learners can often "make up a song" about a concept to serve as a memory aid.
    • Examples of this include "The President's Song" or "The Alphabet Song" which young learners use early in their education.
  • Another useful technique is to have music playing in the background as you are studying.
  • Aural learners often report that they can focus much better when music is present than in silence.
  • Some even report that during a test they can recall a song that was playing while they were learning certain facts.
  • Even persons with low levels of aural learning styles may find it useful to think of a popular jingle from a television commercial and "put the facts to music" using the rhyme and rhythm of the jingle as a memory aid.
  • A final strategy for aural learners is to identify music that motivates them.
    • Perhaps it is a song like "Eye of the Tiger" which stirs motivation.
    • Then when beginning an exam or learning activity, the person can be humming that song to themselves to boost their motivation and confidence.