How well do you really listen? Take this test to find out.
If you ask a group of students to give a one word description of listening, some would
say hearing; however, hearing is physical. Listening is following and understanding the
sound---it is hearing with a purpose. Good listening is built on three basic skills:
attitude, attention, and adjustment. These skills are known collectively as triple-A listening.
Listening is the absorption of the meanings of words and sentences by the brain.
Listening leads to the understanding of facts and ideas. But listening takes attention, or
sticking to the task at hand in spite of distractions. It requires concentration, which is
the focusing of your thoughts upon one particular problem. A person who incorporates
listening with concentration is actively listening. Active listening is a method of
responding to another that encourages communication.
Many tutors tend to talk too much during a tutorial session. This defeats the purpose of tutoring, which is to allow students to learn by discussion. Rather than turning the session into a mini-lecture, tutors must actively listen and encourage their students to become active learners. Giving a student your full attention is sometimes difficult because you start to run out of time, or you find yourself thinking about your next question; however, the time you spend actively listening to your student will result in a quality tutoring session.
Remember it is important for you to encourage your students to practice good listening
Active listening is a very demanding skill that requires practice and perseverance;
however, active listening is also very rewarding.