Listen, Before you Speak!
This anecdote is heard over and over again. What does the anecdote intend to convey?
Listening helps to develop the cognitive learnings and behavior of a person. It is one of the recommended methods of study technique as it helps you to recall the concepts easily.
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In our formal education environment, listening skills have a direct impact on learning skills. The students spend a lot of hours in school listening to lessons one after the other.
An attentive listener can process the knowledge presented to him in a better manner. The ability to listen creates an impact on communication skills too, which is essential for classroom and outside the classroom as well.
And, the students are expected to participate willingly, ask questions, and hold discussions which facilitates them for permanent learning.
To become a good learner, one should be an attentive listener first. Thus, students must develop active listening skills as a useful study technique to excel in the Board exam.
Active Listening As A Useful Study Technique:
Listening refers to understanding the thoughts that are expressed through speech, organize them, look for interrelationships, and recall them as required.
Through active listening, students participate willingly and secure information. The information gets stored in the memory and can be retrieved easily with lesser efforts.
Active listening is necessary for the future too, as you grow up and start working in an organization, attend meetings, conversations, interviews, and, etc. The listening act meets the cognitive and social requirements, both in your formal and informal education.
Active listening helps the student to
- Gain knowledge
- Gain understanding
- Respond appropriately
- Know details
- Gather data
- Make decision
- Develop interpersonal relationships
Active listening helps you to attend the Board exam with confidence. Listening to your teacher in the classroom and revising them at home with the help of revision apps, gives you an in-depth learning about the subject. It helps you to recall them during the exams easily.
How to Develop Listening Skills in Students
Listen to Understand:
Understand the intent of a word communicated by your teacher. Try to understand the idea, and then dissect the explanations, illustrations, and all minute details. Monitor closely and check what you listened after the lesson or class is over.
Make An Effective Notetaking Habit
Do not copy whatever your teacher tells you. It is a mere hearing. Afterward, you may find it difficult to understand in between the scrambled leaves of heaped notebooks. Instead, understand the teacher’s learning style, and jot down the keywords, or the points, while listening.
Process the Presentation
Whatever you listened in the class, process it. You might not have understood whatever you listened. As you recall them and make connections through mind mapping, the words that fell on your ears get automatically recalled. Revise them.
Concentrate and Be Attentive
Ignore the distractions while listening to the teacher. Hone your ability to get distracted from thinking of the meals, friends chat, upcoming activities, or any other deviation from listening.
Otherwise, it would be just a hearing and may fail to recall the concept.
Reviewing the notes of previous lessons helps you to connect with the topic quickly. Connecting the concepts develop an interest to listen to the topic. The background knowledge helps you to be the attentive listener.
You should develop an interest in listening first. Be aware of the perks an exam can give you. Know your aspirations. This would create an interest in the lessons intuitively as it works at the sub-conscious level.
Allow Time to Process
Be present and attentive to the lessons. Honor your learning and provide space for processing the learnings. A lot of concentration and determination helps you to become a great listener.
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Active Listening Activities for Students
There are several listening activities for students to boost the learning skills. A few of them includes:
Listen and Draw A Picture:
Ask a friend/ parents to describe a picture they have to draw. You have to listen to all the minute points and incorporate everything without fail.
Draw a sea with a seashore, seashell, boat, hut, tree, fish, sun, birds, and, etc.
You should not miss any of them while drawing.
You can blindfold your friend and direct him towards reaching a destination like the front gate. You should direct him, like to move towards the left, right, backward, and, so forth.
Listening is a skill that should be acquired and developed. It is a lifetime activity. A good listener always will be a good learner and develops the interpersonal relationship efficiently. Moreover, it helps you to memorize your learnings effectively and prepare well for the board exams.
Speak less and Listen More! Block out your distractions. Make a conscious effort to listen.
See the Difference!