The strategies presented here will help you to zero-in and enhance your auditory learning ability.
If this is your favored learning approach, then you should concentrate 70% of your study efforts using the strategies presented here. The other 30% should be spent on incorporating some of the strategies contained within the other two sensory learning modes.
1. The Musical Method for Perfect Recall
As an auditory learner, your primary form of learning comes through your ears, and therefore rhythm becomes a critical component of your learning strategy.
If you are able to find a rhythm and stick to it for an extended period of time, you will enter what is known as your learning zone where every piece of information is meticulously cataloged for quick and easy recall when you need it most. Learning becomes effortless and easy within this zone, however in order to get into this zone you must first find your rhythm.
Because you are an auditory learner, the best sense of rhythm is found within music. The right type of music with the ideal pitch, tone, volume and beat, will automatically trigger this deep and profound state of learning.
Now, in order to determine this ideal piece of music, you must pay attention to the everyday sounds that help you to zone-out of reality and into a state of being that transcends the physical world. If you a true auditory learner, then you probably know what I mean. Once you have found this piece of music or rhythm, then it is your duty from that moment on to utilize it as a background study tool while you are learning.
As a final thought, whatever piece of information you choose to learn must be processed and communicated within this specific rhythm. This means that if you are reading something aloud, you must find ways to articulate yourself within the rhythm of the music you have chosen for your studies.
Music without any words is probably the best alternative. Or a repetitive song in another language may also do the trick. The key is to lose yourself within the rhythm and beat of the melody.
In the future, as you continue to progress with this method, you will find that every time you hear this song or melody it will naturally and instantly trigger you into a deep learning state — just like infants who are entranced by the sound of their mother’s heart. Rhythm is the key.
2. Speak Up and Remember
As an auditory learner, you remember and recall information best when it is spoken rather then when it is read or visualized. As such, you must always incorporate your voice into your learning regime. This could simply mean reading your notes aloud, paraphrasing what you have learned into a microphone, or simply talking to yourself about the subject material you are studying.
As you talk to yourself, actually stimulate a conversation between your curious mind and logical mind. Your curious mind will be asking all the most insightful and thought provoking questions about the material you are studying aloud for all to hear.
Once the questions have been posed, your logical mind will do its very best to answer these questions in the most logical and intellectually Analytical way. However, your curious mind is always very curious, and so the questions never letup and the conversation just keeps moving deeper and deeper into the topic under question. It’s somewhat like Bart Simpson sitting in the back seat of his family car, continuously asking Homer Simpson “Are we there yet… Are we there yet©” Now, even though Homer lost his patience after only a few questions, your logical mind must always be within it’s zone — thinking of as many creative and thought provoking answers that will hopefully one day, quieten your curious mind’s unending curiosity. 🙂
Have fun with this approach, and you will gain a plethora of new insights and understandings that you may never expected.
3. Digital Recordings for the Digital Mind
Since you are already expressing your thoughts aloud, it just naturally makes sense to digitally capture your voice and listen to it at a later time.
As an auditory learner you will find great benefit listening to your own voice. It’s very much like your subconscious mind talking back to you and helping you to understand the subject your are studying in great depth and detail. However, don’t just record your voice, actually go about the process in a creative way. For instance, record your voice over the rhythmic music that you identified above.
Another example is to record your voice in a way that will lull you into a deep meditative resting trance. This is best achieved when you utilize a background beat and a low tone and pitch.
Slowing down the pace of your recording slightly, may also help integrate the information you are trying to learn at a deeper and more profound level. The key here again is to be creative and to thoroughly know and understand your rhythm and natural habitual tendencies of learning.
Also bear in mind that you could use different types of recordings that you listen to throughout your day while on the bus, in the car, riding a bike, taking a shower, or just as you nod off to sleep.
The different recordings you create should effectively mimic the rhythm and energy levels that you will naturally be feeling throughout that specific part of your day while you are listening to the recording. Initially this might seem like a lot of work, however, once you have established how you will be going about things, it will naturally all fall into place. Again use your imagination, and have fun with this process.
4. Karaoke Your Way to Accelerated Learning
This is all about creating rhymes and jingles to a melody and beat that is familiar and pleasant to your ears.
Actually go out and purchase your favorite songs in their karaoke versions. Prepare your most important notes in advance (these are the notes that are critical to your understanding of the subject materials) and have them ready to read in front of you as you begin playing the karaoke music.
As the music progresses along, make adjustments and align your notes (the words you read) in such a way that will naturally blend in with the rhythm, verses, chorus and beat of the karaoke song you have chosen. Yes, I actually mean taking your study notes and inserting them into the chorus, verses and bridge components of the karaoke melody.
Once you have finished, simply take your study notes and stand in front of a mirror and perform your song and dance with the new lyrics that you have just created. Go ahead, have some fun… don’t be bashful, there’s probably no one watching. 😉
This could well be one of the most effective and powerful auditory learning methods for accelerating your learning potential. It works extremely effectively because yet again you are bringing the notes you are studying into a familiar rhythm that is naturally appreciated and deeply ingrained within your psyche. Later, when it comes to writing up your examinations, see if you can stop yourself from singing your way to the top of your class.
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