In life, there’s no question that we all have our own personal set of skills. That old cliché, ‘variety is the spice of life’ rings true through any meeting of minds. In fact, it’s often the combination of skills and stereotypes that brings many on-screen-mates combined victory over shared foes, when there was no hope of ever defeating them on their own (think the gang from Stranger Things, for one).
Although we know you’re not fighting the upside-down, it’s true that your revision might seem as terrifying as a Demogorgon (or a Demodog?). If you’ve tried all the tips your mates have championed, and you’re still as lost as Will Byers, don’t fret. You’re just a different person, which means you have a different style of learning, and you need a different way to revise. First things first, you’ve got to figure out what type of learner you are: take the quiz here now to find out.
Within this article, we’ll be focusing on auditory learners, so if you get visual or kinesthetic, hang on for our articles on visual and kinesthetic learning technique, coming soon.
Now, welcome, auditory learner.
Your result probably came as no surprise to you. You already know you learn best when you listen and speak, we bet you’ve still got that song you heard on the way to class still stuck in your head. Right?
Right. We thought so.
Feel special, you’re part of a unique 30% of your class that learns in this way. You spend more time than anyone else talking about what happened in school, but don’t fear - you’re not being a geek. Auditory learners commit what they’ve just learnt to memory when they listen and repeat out loud to others. It’s just biology.
If you’re aware that you’re auditory, but still snowed under with making things stick, we at TopperQ are here for you. We’ve listed 3 tips you can use to help remember your information. They’ll ensure you’ll leave your exam-room with a victory song to sing, and not the blues.
Easy to distract
As an auditory learner, you’ll find you’re easily distracted.
Picking the right revision spot is key to making sure you’re able to work quickly, efficiently, and at a pace that suits you. We’re not going to sugarcoat it, but you’ll need quiet. No lunch-time catch ups or telly on attempts! If you study with any interesting sounds around, you’ll most likely end up concentrating on them, rather than what you’re supposed to be revising.
The same goes for listening to music - as an auditory learner you’ll get lost in the ambience of the beats, preventing any information from entering your brain.
We’d recommend taking some noise-cancelling headphones to the deepest, darkest, quietest part of your house (or school library), but not actually listening to anything. This will filter out any ambient noise, making it easier to concentrate and absorb your info.
Play it back
As established above, as you’re an auditory learner, you’re sensitive to sound.
If being easy to distract is your superhero weakness, then recording lectures is your superpower. Get used to the sound of your own voice, because you’re going to be hearing it a lot. These days most mobile phones have a record feature, so read back your notes out loud and hit that little red button to record yourself.
The secret to memorable, understandable spoken-word recordings is go slow and be clear.
Once you have your recording, then listen to it as much as possible. On the bus. When you’re walking the dog. In bed. Make it part of your everyday life. As an auditory learner, you’ll find you pick up your lyrics. When you think you know them by heart, try and race yourself to the end of the line.
It might not be the next Beyoncé track, but it will definitely assure you a number one exam success.
You’ve got to sound this one out with us. Ne-mon-ic. The M is silent. It comes from the Greek word for ‘mindful’, and you’re already using one. How do you remember the colours of the rainbow? Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain, right? We bet your parents taught you that.
That’s a mnemonic.
An auditory learner like yourself processes associations through the hippocampus quicker with association, so creating little rhymes and riddles to represent your trickiest trivia will help you tie-down those tomes. You can even add them to your recordings, and play them back over and over to help commit them to memory.
Don’t be scared to share them with your mates - you never know, one might become your new team motto.
Bring the power to the people
Our final tip for auditory learners is to teach your squad all you’ve discovered.
Your auditory inclination means that you learn just as much from preaching your knowledge with an intent to teach, as you benefit from being taught it by someone else.
Make your mates mimic your momentum by repeating back what you’ve just said using funny accents or stupid voices, as everyone finds it way easier when information is linked to memory. It’s like that one cringe moment you had when you were younger. Maybe you called a teacher mum, or tripped and ripped your trousers?
I bet you still remember it in excruciating detail.
When we link memory and emotions our brains have a quicker recall. Just remember to keep learning at the centre of your laugher.
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