Auditory learners

Auditory learners do their best when information is presented in a spoken language format.

  • Record lectures to review at a later time. Auditory learners can be easily distracted by other noises going on around them, which makes it difficult to learn in busy settings. Especially if you’re not in a quiet space, listening to lectures can be overwhelming. As an auditory learner, you should record the class so you can review later with less distractions.
  • Participate in course discussions. Talking about your ideas and voicing your questions will increase your understanding of the material. As an auditory learner, hearing your thoughts out loud helps you process them more effectively.
  • Repeat facts with your eyes closed. This technique helps auditory learners focus their attention on the auditory process, rather than any other visual stimuli that might be distracting on your desk or in the room.
  • Read assignments out loud. If you’re given a homework assignment that involves reading a lengthy chapter, don’t feel trapped by a silent reading session. Instead, find a study space and read out loud to yourself.
  • Record yourself reading key points out loud. Once you have a spoken version of important items you need to learn, take the time to listen to the recording — as you walk to class, exercise, get ready for bed — so it can stick in your mind when you need to recall it later.

Join a virtual study group or find a study buddy. Give yourself the opportunity to hear other perspectives of the class content. By listening to other voices, you may find a perspective that resonates with you or a new way of considering the content that you had not previously thought of.