Aural Style of Learning
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.