The Aural/Auditory Learner


The musical learning style!
Aural learners learn well when they are actively listening. These learners might be naturally “musical”, have a good sense of rhythm, music is added, remember words well find themselves humming or tapping to the music. They might use terms such as “that’s music to my ears!”
Aural / auditory learners may be able to pick up the mood of the conversation by listening to subtle signals in tone, do well in oral exams and group discussions. Aural / auditory learners make up almost 30% of the population.

Aural learners

• Use music, rhyme, use sounds to remember
• Have good association between aural content and visualisation
• Enjoy listening to music while working / learning
• Remember well when referring to music/sounds played

Helping the aural learner

• Aural learners are highly sensitive to sounds.
• They need quiet areas free of sounds and distractions. Its best to avoid areas of conversation where music is around, as they will battle to concentrate
• Use rhymes and auditory repetition to improve memory. Also, use a study buddy or put them in groups to talk about the work/ what is being discussed.
• Older aural learners tend to listen in classes rather than take notes.
• Audio clips, discussing and singing are highly effective with this type of learner.
• Let them do self quizzes, where they talk out loud.
• Singing and dancing, adding the material into a song will greatly help these learners!

Aural learning and the brain

The two main areas involved in auditory learning, are the amygdala and hippocampus, following the path from the ears through the auditory complex which is found in the cerebral cortex, and then moving towards the amygdala.
The hippocampus does the linking between the memory and the sound. With more stimuli, more strengthening between the synapses of the brain cells occurs and memories are formed.