Auditory Study Skills
If you have an auditory intelligence this means that you find it easier to remember your studies through listening, whether this be through lecture recordings, podcasts or even music! Some auditory learners even use study skills in order to associate certain sounds with information that makes information easier to recall during exams for them.
Below are some of the tools you can use in your studies to aid auditory intelligence to get better results in retention and understanding
1. Video Timelines:
This incorporates skills that have a multi-use purpose for an auditory learner, who learns best through sound and chronological, step-by-step processes. (This method can also work for Visual Learners)
Using software such as Windows Movie Maker or Adobe Premiere Pro, you can make a chronological timeline incorporating text, pictures and sounds. Then during recall in exams you associate the date and event with a picture and song (preferably around the date of the event to improve recall)
See example below:
Events during the Civil Rights era
2. Read Aloud:
This is a very simple and effective study technique (so long as you aren’t in the silent area of the library!). Read your text book out loud so you are absorbing sound as well as words, allowing your brain a greater chance of retention. This technique will also help with spotting mistakes when checking through an essay before submission.
You can use this technique as well for learning flashcards for exams. Record yourself reading each of them and have them as little soundscapes that you can listen to everywhere with your headphones.
3. Mnemonics or Rhymes:
Anything that has a rhythm or sound association, as someone with more auditory intelligence you are more likely to retain it. It is a technique that can work for any topic and any degree subject, and the funnier sounding they are, the likely the more memorable they are!
Listening to music while you study or write can be really beneficial and focusing for some auditory learners. We’ve all heard the Skeleton Dance teaching us about bones, sometimes you can take this a step further and if you are creative you can make a song out of your notes!
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