We’re continuing our series of bar exam study tips for different learning styles. We’ve talked about memorization tips for visual learners. In this post, we focus on ways auditory learners can enhance their studying. If you’re an auditory learner, listening, hearing and speaking are the ways your brain processes material. Auditory learners need to listen to information out loud in order to study best. Here are four techniques that help auditory learners memorize material for the bar exam.
Listen to Lectures
Since you learn best through listening to spoken words, lectures and listening to instructors is going to be the best way for you to retain material. If you’re not enrolled in an in-person bar exam prep program, video lectures can be a great way to memorize bar exam information. You may benefit from using Adaptibar’s substantive law lectures or Themis Bar Review, both of which are online bar exam prep programs that feature actual person explaining law concepts.
Rhymes and Word Association
Word association is a great way for auditory learners to study and remember facts. Mnemonic devices, such as songs or rhymes, are great to pair with complex bar materials. Rhymes are easy to remember (especially for auditory learners) because your brain stores the information by the sounds and acoustics of the words. Your brain will automatically recall the song and the information it represents.
Speak to Memorize
Find a quiet place to study where you can actually speak the rules of law and bar material you’re trying to memorize. When you’re studying with sample essay questions, read the questions and answers out loud. Your brain will begin memorizing the information because it studies best when information is said aloud. You may also want to record yourself speaking and listen to yourself while you’re exercising or taking a walk. It’s important to remember, however, to write the answers on paper as you speak them since you won’t be able to speak aloud during the actual bar exam.
Eliminate Auditory Distractions
Auditory learners should be cautious because their strength can also be a weakness. It’s easy for an auditory learner to get distracted by sound. While some people find it easy to study with music playing, this may not be the case for an auditory learner. Be sure to study for the bar exam in a place without distraction. Ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones will also help you eliminate noise as you memorize information.
Try a few of these memorization tips as you study for the bar exam and see which ones work best for your learning style. You may be surprised at how much more law you can recall if you play to your strengths as an auditory learner.
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