Audi­to­ry learn­ing, that is learn­ing by lis­ten­ing, has long been a cor­ner­stone of effec­tive learn­ing. From ancient civ­i­liza­tions pass­ing down knowl­edge through oral tra­di­tions to mod­ern pod­casts cov­er­ing vir­tu­al­ly any top­ic, audio has played an inte­gral role in human education.

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What is Auditory Learning?

At its core, audi­to­ry learn­ing revolves around lis­ten­ing. Audi­to­ry learn­ing includes lis­ten­ing to dis­cus­sions, lec­tures, and songs. 

Tips for Auditory Learning

  1. Repeat Aloud: When study­ing or try­ing to remem­ber some­thing, say it out loud. The process of hear­ing what you’ve said can rein­force memory.
  2. Study with a Bud­dy: Engag­ing in dis­cus­sions can be par­tic­u­lar­ly ben­e­fi­cial. Team up with some­one and explain con­cepts to each other.
  3. Lis­ten to Record­ings: Lis­ten to books by bor­row­ing free audio books from your local pub­lic library through free apps like Lib­by and Hoopla. Access free books that are in the pub­lic domain via Lib­riVox. Or, pur­chase them via apps such as Audi­ble. Want to share anoth­er great source of free audio­books? Post in the com­ments below!
  4. Rhymes and Mnemon­ics: Use rhymes or cre­ate a song to remem­ber details. Mnemon­ic devices, espe­cial­ly when spo­ken or sung, can be pow­er­ful tools. For exam­ple, the Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice sug­gests this rhyming phrase for remem­ber­ing to check the back seat to ensure you haven’t for­got­ten your child: “Beat the Heat, Check the Back­seat!”
  5. Avoid Dis­trac­tions: Noise can be par­tic­u­lar­ly dis­rup­tive. Find a qui­et space, use a white noise or nat­ur­al sounds machine or phone app, wear earplugs, or use noise-can­celling headphones.

Online Courses and Book Learning

How to use audi­to­ry learn­ing when studying:

  1. Con­vert Text to Audio: Uti­lize tools or apps that can con­vert writ­ten con­tent into audio for­mat. Try Speechi­fy or look for oth­er text-to-speech tools.
  2. Sum­ma­rize Out Loud: After read­ing a chap­ter or sec­tion, sum­ma­rize the con­tent out loud to your­self. Use your mobile phone to record your­self read­ing out loud and you can lis­ten lat­er while you are doing oth­er tasks such as laun­dry, clean­ing, or wait­ing in line.
  3. Online Dis­cus­sion Forums: Engage in course forums or dis­cus­sions. Even read­ing forum posts and replies out loud can aid understanding.
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What are other ways to learn?

There are many ways to learn. These include learn­ing visu­al­ly, kines­thet­i­cal­ly, and by read­ing and writing. 

Visu­al Learn­ing: Dia­grams, charts, videos, and info­graph­ics are visu­al learn­ing tools. Try col­or cod­ing your notes, post­ing col­or­ful notes on your refrig­er­a­tor, cre­at­ing vision boards from pho­tographs, or keep­ing a white board or chalk­board handy for reminders.

Kines­thet­ic Learn­ing: Hands on learn­ing is called kines­thet­ic learn­ing. Phys­i­cal move­ment, exper­i­ments, and real-world appli­ca­tions will prob­a­bly aid your under­stand­ing. For online cours­es, take peri­od­ic breaks to prac­tice and demon­strate what you’ve learned. Engage in hands-on activ­i­ties relat­ed to your course material. 

Learn­ing through read­ing and writ­ing: Try note-tak­ing, read­ing sum­maries, or writ­ing essays. Keep a pen and pack­et of post-its handy. To help when study­ing, sum­ma­rize your notes, rewrit­ing or typ­ing essen­tial infor­ma­tion to rein­force your understanding.

Dive into Care Courses with Enhanced Audio Narration

At Care Cours­es we rec­og­nize the pow­er of audi­to­ry learn­ing, which is why we’re excit­ed to intro­duce increased audio nar­ra­tion in select­ed Care Cours­es. Whether you lis­ten to some or all of the audio ele­ments, this fea­ture will ele­vate your edu­ca­tion­al journey. 

And it’s not just about lis­ten­ing; it’s about under­stand­ing, engag­ing, and inter­nal­iz­ing knowl­edge. From cours­es like Bit­ing Hurts! to Under­stand­ing Each Oth­er: Com­mu­ni­cat­ing with Fam­i­lies, Staff, and Your Com­mu­ni­ty, our audio nar­ra­tion aims to pro­vide an immer­sive learn­ing experience. 

Inter­est­ed in learn­ing how chil­dren learn? Take our twelve hour course Many Ways to Learn for Tod­dlers and Preschool­er. In this course you will learn about the many dif­fer­ent intel­li­gences. These include ver­bal-lin­guis­tic, log­i­cal-math­e­mat­i­cal, visu­al-spa­tial, musi­cal, bod­i­ly-kines­thet­ic, nat­u­ral­ist, intrap­er­son­al, and inter­per­son­al. One of our most pop­u­lar cours­es, Many Ways to Learn for Tod­dlers and Preschool­ers includes strate­gies and activ­i­ties that will help chil­dren strength­en their skills in all intelligences.

Hap­py Learning!

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