Organizing Styles | Support The Auditory Learner

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“Answering does not only measure what you remember, it increases overall retention.”

Benedict Carey
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

I haven’t yet read this book by Benedict Carey, but I just added it to my reading list. It sounds interesting, and I am excited to see what he has to say. There is just so much to learning.
I’ve included the link to it in case you are interested.

Our last Orgazine article was about Visual Learners. Today I want to talk about Auditory Learners and some ways to help them be successful, have responsibilities that work well with their learning styles, and some ways to help them stay organized.

Sometimes I have my husband look over my work for accuracy and readability. It oftentimes brings about interesting conversations, and this topic was one of them.
He was very interested in the different learning styles. It turns out that I married someone with a totally different learning style from mine. I discovered he is more of an Auditory Learner. I wasn’t really aware of that because he doesn’t hear a lot of what I say. Or he does, and it just takes a while to get from my lips to his brain. And that’s ok. I just want you to know, even if your partner is an Auditory Learner, I can’t promise they will hear what you say.
However, if they are in a learning situation, chances are they will do better with hearing about how to do something.

Take this Learning Style Assessment to discover what your child’s, your housemate, or even your learning style is. It may make all the difference in the world when it comes to getting organized.
The assessment has 4 styles of learning that I will cover over the next several weeks. We have already covered Visual Learning, today Auditory Learning.
In the future, I will share organizing and lifestyle strategies to use with the Kinesthetic/Tactile Learner, and the Reading/Writing Learner.
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Auditory Learner Success Strategies

  • When it’s time to teach your Auditory Learner a new task or chore, tell them how to do, break it down into steps, and then have them repeat back to you the goal, and the steps it is going to take to reach that goal.
  • If you are an adult Auditory Learner, reading instructions out loud will be helpful in learning how to do something new.
  • Write out the sequence of the steps that are required to complete a task or goal, read the steps out loud to the Auditory Learner, and again, have them repeat them out loud.
  • Maybe you can create a poem, a song, about the routine you want them to learn. Have some fun and record it together. Then leave it where they can find the recording easily when it’s time for them to get busy.
  • If you are going to use a chore chart, make sure the items are in the order you want them completed and use words that are easy for the child to understand and read out loud. Take a minute to go down the list with them, read it out loud, and then have them read it back to you.
    If it’s time for them to implement their routine and they are having a hard time understanding or remembering, read over the chart with them, and/or have them read what’s on the chart back to you.
  • For older Auditory Learners, leave a voicemail rather than a text.
  • Leave recordings for the Auditory Learner. Messages, requests, etc.
  • Auditory Learners learn through stories. Find books that encourage the habits and routines you want your children to model, and then read them with your child.
  • Quiet is a distraction for Auditory Learners. Playing soft, calm music in the background will help with a task that requires concentration.
  • Since quiet is a distraction, it is helpful to play soft music in the background when they head to bed for a nap or the evening.
  • Auditory Learners are NOT distracted by clutter. Play some music or let them wear headphones while they are picking up or decluttering.

Responsibilities Auditory Learner’s Do Well With

  • When at the grocery store, give them a verbal list of 3 things that you need and have them grab them for you. It’s a good idea that the items are nearby so your child isn’t roaming the store alone.
  • Auditory Learners have great verbal skills. Tasks that require talking, such as scheduling appointments, calling for directions, or reading to younger siblings are great.
  • Chores that involve noise are great for the Auditory Learner.
    • Vacuuming
    • Dog walking
    • Washing bathtubs and sinks
    • Washing clothes
    • Mowing the lawn
  • Please make sure the chores are age-appropriate. This list tells you what a child can do and when.

Organizing Tools for the Auditory Learner

  • Lists or checklists with words that are easy for them to read aloud. Perhaps ask what word they would use for that chore, and make that the word to represent that chore. (I couldn’t find a chore chart that came with a recorded message, so maybe that’s a business venture for someone.)
  • You might consider a chore app for your child. One that makes noise when they have completed a task.
  • If you can find one, use a ticking timer so they can hear that they are still in task mode, or maybe even time out.
  • Use storage bins with words the Auditory Learner can say out loud.
  • Containers that “have sound” are enjoyed by the Auditory Learner. Things with Velcro, zippers, snaps, etc. would work.

* I have not personally used any of these apps as I don’t have children at home anymore. I would recommend giving them a try at least. 

As with anything, organizing by learning styles is just a way to make some things easier. Not that life should be all about easy. However, organizing is not everyone’s cup of tea, so, the easier it is and the more sense it makes, the more likely it will get done.
These tools don’t work only for space management. They work well for teaching time management.

Action Items:

Are you an Auditory Learner?
If so, what are the things you do to help you stay organized?
What types of containers do you like?
Please share in the comment section below.



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