Study Tips for Auditory Learners

Study Tips for Auditory Learners
Auditory learners benefit most from class participation and group discussion.

How do you know if you or someone you know is an auditory learner? Individuals who are auditory learners learn best while they are actively listening to information presented in a spoken language format.  They may have a passion for languages, debates, acting, music, and/or enjoy social interactions.

Features of an Auditory Learner

People who are strong auditory learners tend to have the following attributes:

  • Excellent memory for past conversations and can recall information better when it is presented verbally.
  • Benefit from participating in class discussions as much as possible. They much rather prefer discussing a topic orally than taking notes from a textbook, as an effective means to process and understand concepts.  Hence, they typically do well in lecture-based environments and on oral presentations and exams.
  • Difficulty with reading, doing written assignments, or interpreting complex graphs, maps, or diagrams. 

If you or someone you know is an auditory learner, the following study suggestions can be used to succeed academically:

Study Tips for Auditory Learners

1. Record lectures. If possible, use a recording device to record an instructor’s lesson. Having a recording of a lecture can be later used for review and study purposes where the person can listen to the information recorded and write notes down.

2. Listen to books on tape or other audio recordings. Many auditory learners may have difficulty retaining information read in books or written out from notes taken from a reading. Research published in the journal Educational Leadership has shown that listening to recorded stories decreases stress often associated with reading and has been found to increase fluency and comprehension.

3. Repeat information aloud. Read notes or study materials out loud. Record information into a recording device or create a musical jingle or song to remember information. Incorporating this study technique of listening to information and repeating it out loud increases information retention. When writing, brainstorm out loud your thoughts and continue to speak them aloud as you write, and read aloud what you have written.

4. Ask questions. Auditory learners experience a greater retention of information when they participate in class.

5. Participate in study groups and discussions. Auditory learners study best by listening to information and discussing things with others. Participate in group discussions and quiz each other on the material. Studying with other students and talking things through can help deepen comprehension and make new connections and discoveries.

6. Use word association. Use word associations and verbal repetition to memorize facts and concepts. Mnemonic devices, such as songs or rhymes, can help people who are auditory learners better retrieve the information.

7. Choose a study environment free of auditory distractions. It is important to find a place to study where you can recite information or answer questions aloud.



Carbo, M. (1990). Igniting the literacy revolution through reading styles. Educational Leadership, 48(2), 26-29. Retrieved from MasterFILE Premier database.

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