Learning how your employees learn could be the best use of your time yet. By understanding the three learning styles, leaders can maximize effectiveness not only in training but also business in general. There are three types of learners: Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic.
I first gained respect for this when I taught class in Canada. There was a student that came into this 4-week class with two bags of knitting supplies. The first couple of days as we lectured and had discussion, she knitted non-stop. After much pressure from the class, I decided to approach the student. She wasn’t disruptive, but I wanted to do my job as an instructor and make sure she was getting the most out of class. She stated she hears everything and processes everything we say.
I made her a deal: Anything less than 90 on each of your three exams and we will have to put the knitting away. Her grades: 92, 96, and ACED the exam at 100%! I was floored and decided to learn how people learn. As it turns out, she was a cross between Auditory (those who learn by hearing) and Kinesthetic (those who must be engaged in activity to learn). This information is fascinating. In case you have learners who learn by hearing, read on to discover five essential ways you can engage these learners for maximum effectiveness.
Some people hate lectures! And some of those haters are people who learn best by lecture! Lectures serve as an excellent platform for auditory learners to absorb information. A typical example is a person, online or in class, communicating with learners in a variety of ways. Your trainer can best engage auditory learners by employing dynamic and interactive lecture techniques, such as incorporating real-life examples, storytelling, and using a variety of vocal tones and inflections to maintain their attention and interest.
Discussions and Debates
Facilitating group discussions and debates encourages auditory learners to actively engage with the material. Encourage them to express their thoughts, ask clarifying questions, and participate in lively conversations. This allows them to process information by hearing it from multiple perspectives, reinforcing their understanding.
Online Learning and Podcasts
Yes, Auditory Learners would love online learning!! Providing audio recordings of lectures, presentations, or training sessions can greatly benefit auditory learners. These recordings allow them to revisit the information at their own pace, ensuring they absorb the content more thoroughly. Additionally, suggesting relevant educational podcasts can further enhance their learning experience.
Verbal Practice and Recitation
Auditory Learners are the ones that benefit most from “teach backs”, where an activity is given, and they summarize for the class the answer or lesson. Incorporating opportunities for Auditory Learners to deliver oral presentations or engage in role-playing activities can boost their comprehension and retention of information. This technique allows them to practice articulating ideas and concepts, reinforcing their understanding while building confidence in their communication skills.
This also can involve summarizing key points, explaining concepts to others, or participating in role-playing exercises. By vocalizing their understanding, Auditory Learners reinforce their knowledge and identify areas that require further clarification.
Music and Rhymes
Got a tough concept to teach? A particularly difficult policy to remember? Add it to some music!!! Incorporating mnemonic devices, catchy tunes, or creating jingles related to the content can facilitate memorization and enhance their overall learning experience. It’s what we do for elementary school students to hammer home the lesson. ABC song, anyone?
Ideally, to capture everyone, make sure your course has elements for Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic learners. By utilizing these training techniques tailored to auditory learners, educators and trainers can create a more inclusive and effective learning environment. Emphasizing verbal communication, engaging discussions, and incorporating audio-based resources can significantly enhance the way your learners take in information. You’ll see their retention skyrocket past that “40%” threshold (it’s widely considered that learners only remember 40% of what they learn in class). We will explore Visual and Kinesthetic Learners in the next few weeks.