Aural Strategies

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People with an Aural preference like:


  • to people with authority or knowledge
  • to podcasts, videos, and audiobooks
  • to interesting SPOKEN examples, anecdotes, and jokes
  • to VERBAL instructions
  • to verbal feedback
  • to their own SELF-TALK


  • putting forward their POINT OF VIEW
  • using their VOICE in different ways for emphasis
  • EXPLAINING their understanding to others
  • recording their voice
  • reading ALOUD


  • talking things over and BRAINSTORMING ideas
  • QUESTIONING, arguing, and debating
  • commenting on the ideas or opinions of others
  • joining and contributing to DISCUSSIONS – in person, or online
  • using their phone to have CONVERSATIONS
In a nutshell

The written word is not as meaningful as the words you HEAR.
You will want to DISCUSS this with someone.


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  • Attend classes, discussions, and tutorials.
  • Leave spaces in your notes for later recall and ‘filling’ with details you may have missed.
  • Explain your notes and new ideas to another person.
  • Reduce 3 pages of your notes to 1.
  • Read aloud your summarized notes; record and listen to them.
  • Ask questions and discuss topics with your teachers and other students.
  • Obtain feedback about your understanding by listening to comments from others.
  • Use rhymes and mnemonics to remember concepts.
  • Practice previous exam papers and speak your answers aloud.
  • Imagine talking with the examiner.
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  • Listen to and ask questions of consultants, facilitators, leaders, and experts.
  • Participate in discussions, focus groups, workshops, meetings, and other information-sharing opportunities.
  • Join colleagues for coffee breaks and informal conversations.
  • Join online chats and listen to podcasts about your area of expertise.
  • Attend live training sessions where you can present any findings and report back orally.
  • Speak from your written notes and allow for colleagues’ questions and feedback.
  • Use your voice in different ways to emphasize your points.
  • Argue a point of view and refine your ideas by listening to the views of others.
  • Have phone conversations.

“When people talk, listen completely.”

~ Ernest Hemingway