Math Help
Effective Learning Strategy - AUDITORY LEARNERS



Are you primarily an auditory learner? Do you prefer to have someone explain math to you rather than read about it or see it on paper?
Do you often have to repeat math problems aloud or in your head before you can figure them out? Do you just hate it when a teacher 
shows the class how to figure out a math problem on the board but doesn't explain each step aloud while writing it?

The following suggestions will be particularly helpful if you are a strong auditory learner but are weaker in the visual area.

1. Sit near the front of the classroom so you can clearly hear your teacher without auditory distractions. 

2. You may want to use a tape recorder during lectures and listen to each lecture as soon after class as possible.
    Listen to it over and over again, when you drive, study, jog, or do your chores.

3. Take part in classroom discussions.

4. Ask lots of questions in class, after class, and in help sessions. Ask for clarification if you don't completely follow an explanation in class.

5. Restate, in your own words, math concepts you are trying to understand.

6. Ask your math teacher to repeat important concepts.

7. Listen carefully to the math lecture. Mentally follow the concepts, then write them down to capture what was said.

8. If you can't get everything that the teacher writes on the blackboard, find a classmate who seems to be more of a visual learner
    and is writing everything from the board. Ask if you could photocopy this person's notes after class.

9. When figuring out a difficult homework assignment, you may want to read it aloud into a tape recorder and then listen to it and write it down.

10. Immediately after you read your math textbook assignment, recite aloud what you have just learned.

11. Read your class notes and textbook notes aloud. Whenever possible, say them in your own words into a tape recorder.

12. Talk about math to a study partner or to anyone who might listen. (even your pets.)

13. Listen for keywords in your math lecture. Note if your instructor emphasizes certain points through his or her tone of voice, 
    emphasis on certain words, voice inflections, and so on.

14. Record all the key concepts, formulas, explanations, and theorems on an audiocassette and listen to them often.

Taken from the book:
Arem, PhD., Cynthia A., Conquering Math Anxiety: A Self-Help Workbook, Ca: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company, p158, ISBN 0-534-18876-1

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