How to Succeed If You're an Auditory Learner

Study Together Team




Welcome to Chapter #2 of our series on Learning Types! Every student has a different learning style - last week, we covered visual learners, and today, we’ll be covering auditory learners.   

The Characteristics of Auditory Learners

They enjoy listening, but they enjoy talking even more. When explaining things, they tend toward lengthy, repetitive descriptions.  tend toward long and repetitive descriptions. They enjoy hearing themselves and others talk -  and are easily distracted by sounds. 

They often remember names, but forget faces. When reading, they prefer dialogues and plays to lengthy narratives or descriptions. They typically benefit from verbal instruction, prefer to hear information, and benefit from repetition.

How to Succeed If You're an Auditory Learner

Want to make the most out of your study sessions as an auditory learner? We’ve put together 11 tips and tricks to help you succeed: 

  1. Try to work in quiet areas with limited background noises (especially conversation!)
  2. Try binaural beats: these tunes aren’t distracting (there are no lyrics) - and they’ve been shown to increase concentration and productivity. 
  3. Try to sit far away from doors or windows, where people entering/leaving can cause noise and disrupt your flow
  4. Do you ever skip lectures and tell yourself you’ll catch up later using another students’ notes?! Newsflash: this won’t work if you’re an auditory learner! Show up to your lectures because you’ll absorb the materials much better. 
  5. Have you heard of mnemonics, rhymes, and jingles? These playful methods are great for memorisation! 
  6. Use a tape recorder and listen to yourself. 
  7. Play verbal games with a study buddy, or set up verbal brainstorming sessions. 
  8. When reviewing your notes, read out loud. 
  9. Read directions out loud (or have a friend read them to you) - this can be helpful for understanding, especially if the instructions are complicated or long.
  10. Join a debate club: having verbal discussions and debates is the best way for you to absorb information.