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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D


Enhancing Auditory Learning in Children - Useful Techniques

By Andrew Loh

Children with an excellent auditory skill can do well in certain areas of life. With this wonderful ability, they can derive a number of benefits and advantages. Some of these advantages are:

Remember facts: Remembering facts, figures and statistics come naturally to an auditory learner. They have an impeccable ability to associate spoken words with real life scenarios. They can also use word association ability to remember facts and figures. Proven research suggests that auditory learners can easily extract information from their subconscious minds.

Record lectures: Auditory learners are very good in recording lectures in their classroom, especially when they are studying in higher classes. They may also like to record music lessons, so that they can recite the tones and lines when they are in their home.

Watch videos: Auditory learners are the masters of comprehending the meaning of plays and dramas. In fact, they are very good in recording videos of live shows like an opera or orchestra.

Accumulate facts very easily: Auditory learners are very good in accumulating facts and details of a classroom. They can also reproduce these facts and figures with their wonderful reciting ability.

Note: These are just some of the benefits that an auditory learner can derive in his or her day to day life. However, an auditory learner can also get many benefits other than the ones mentioned above.

What is auditory learning?

It is a teaching method that focuses on children, whose classroom learning style is tuned more towards comprehending and assimilating details of lessons through hearing, rather than by writing. Most learners learn in a visual way. However, auditory learners can easily learn by using a method called audio stimulation. (Audio stimulation is the act of energizing the learning center of the brain by sending audio pulses). In many cases, audio stimulation could be the second most important method used for encountering and assimilating knowledge.

Audio learners help individuals to retain lessons of a classroom in a meaningful way, because they try to memorize the lessons in the classroom itself, thereby saving time and energy. It is possible to absorb more information and data provided through a lecture or an audio presentation. Identifying audio learners could be a difficult task. Because, they can recall past experiences with a particular emphasis on what they heard from other people rather than what they actually saw. Auditory learners can perform two tasks at the same time; just watch your children doing their homework, as they listen to their favorite music.

Today's teaching methods are vastly improved and streamlined to cater to the basic demands of an auditory learner. These methods help a learner to be more efficient in both auditory and visual learning abilities. Learning by writing, visuals and listening can enhance a child's brain in a significant manner. In a traditional classroom, a teacher will not only write lessons on the blackboard, but also speak in a loud voice to hammer home the salient points in a meaningful manner.

It is possible to train your children in learning their lessons by enhancing auditory skills. It is also possible to teach your children the basics of auditory skills by introducing a number of tools and gadgets. Here are some of the basic methods and techniques that can help your children develop auditory skills:

  • Talk to your children everyday about their classroom lessons and homework. Let the conversation be verbal. Ask your children to speak out aloud while talking. Give specific instructions by using a firm voice. As soon as you help your children in their homework, ask them to repeat what they have just learned. Verbal repetition can reinforce learning in an effective manner.

  • Arrange a debate competition among your children and family members. Give them topics of their own choice and ask them to speak on them at least for five minutes. Once everyone speaks, initiate a team discussion among the children to deliberate and discuss on who spoke and on what subject.

  • Encourage your children to listen to meaningful music. Let the music be light and easy going. Small children may like to listen to rhymes, while elder children can listen to the music of their choice, especially western classical and light instrumental.

  • Introduce your children to audio books that provide great stories in a spoken language. Audio books can help one to learn grammar and how to speak. Some of the greatest children books are now sold and supplied in an audio format like MP4 CDs.

  • Encourage your children recite their lessons in a loud voice. When your children read their lesson loudly, they can comprehend the meaning in a better manner.

There are many other methods that are little bit complicated and difficult for children, because of their tender age. Auditory learning is very good for your children, as they can become extremely effective in their communication skills. However, remember that auditory learning is just one of the other natural techniques of developing one's intellect and intelligence. Make sure that your children also become good and well versed in other sensory skills like visual ability.

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