Know about auditory learning

Auditory learning is a style of learning in which content is learnt by listening to others. Auditory learners do not like to read or study quietly. They require sound as a stimulus to understand and learn. This article provides detailed info on auditory learning.


There are various learning styles. Every student is different when it comes to learning and grasping the content. Learning style is a process through which students grasp the information provided to them. They then process it and retain it in their memory. They recollect it whenever necessary. Some students like to learn by writing and others by listening. Some like to visualize what they are learning and others try to understand the content by indulging in some sort of study activities. Parents need to know the style of learning their kid has so that they can offer him help which will in turn aid him in excelling in his studies. Some kids struggle with learning and retaining information because they are unaware of their style of learning. They are forced to study through some different style which does not interest them and therefore they disengage from the studies. Even teachers in the classrooms should not stick to any one particular style of teaching. They should experiment with different teaching styles so that it caters to the needs of various students. Students who love to attend lectures and learn by listening are considered auditory learners. This article explains various characteristics and strategies students can adopt to strengthen their auditory learning style.

Who auditory learners are

Auditory learners are the students who learn through listening. These lectures can be either in the form of more traditional offline classes or online classes. These students do not prefer to read on their own. They cannot focus when they are asked to absorb the study material by reading texts or notes given by teachers. These students rarely miss classes. Instead, they look forward to attending more classes because that is what interests them, unlike other students who get tired of long lectures and prefer learning by notes provided to them. Auditory learners actively participate in the classes. We all might have come across auditory learners at some or other point in our lives. We have seen some of our batch mates retaining the entire information delivered in the classroom whereas we would understand only part of it. Auditory learners like to listen and they like to speak. Thus, they enjoy lessons delivered to them through auditory style and they equally enjoy actively participating in the class. We also have come across such students who like to study in groups. It is because of their auditory style of learning. They cannot study quietly on their own. They quickly learn and revise when they do it with their other batch mates.

Characteristics of auditory learners

  • They are good listeners. They enjoy learning through listening. Sound plays an important role in their learning.
  • They have good memory retention if the information is provided to them through speech.
  • They have no problem following verbal information given by their teachers. However, they have a hard time following if the information is given to them in the written format.
  • They learn by reading out aloud rather than by quiet reading. They prefer that someone reads to them and deliver the information.
  • They have no problem with public speaking. They actively participate in class and group discussions. Thus, they have no fear during oral exams or some sort of presentation in front of the entire class.
  • They often retain the information given to them by relating it with sound such as the tone or pitch in which it was delivered. They can even pair it with music and learn.
  • They are good conversationalists and easily get distracted by sound and noise.
  • They cannot learn in silence. They need some sort of auditory aid to learn the information.
  • They may forget faces but will remember names.
  • They are music lovers. They sing along when listening to something. They may even play an instrument.
  • They have an excellent memory of the information they have learnt through listening. It can be through speeches or lectures.
  • They are debate lovers and excellent presenters.
  • They like to have discussions on various matters with teachers.
  • They excel in spelling, music and arts. They have a very good vocabulary.

How to teach auditory learners

Parents and teachers of auditory learners can play a very effective role when it comes to helping them in their studies. Once the student comes to know that he has an auditory style of learning, he can do very well on his own. Usually, auditory learners do not struggle in a traditional teaching environment. It is because the traditional style of teaching enables the teachers to provide information through lectures. Yet, some teachers can focus more on giving notes and asking students to gather information by themselves and very less on delivering lectures. In such cases, auditory learners might struggle. Thus, parents of very young auditory learners should encourage them to read out aloud. They should read to them. They should ask them to read more and write less. Poems and stories in the form of audiobooks are available. Parents must play that to their kids which will enable them to learn quickly. They can discuss various concepts with their kids that will encourage their attention towards it and help them in better understanding. They can read out aloud and record the same and then play it for their kids to help them in learning.

Teachers should record their lectures and hand them to the students so that they can benefit from them because auditory learners prefer to listen and learn rather than to learn through reading. Teachers should encourage students to participate in group discussions. They should enable them to learn through asking and answering. Teachers can form groups of students who have an auditory style of learning. This kind of pairing will help them excel in their studies. These students in groups should be encouraged to indulge in after-school study. Teachers should once in a while engage the class in reading out aloud. This kind of activity is particularly beneficial for auditory learners. Teachers should try to give a tune to the poem and teach it. They should try to incorporate some voices while narrating a story.


It is important to know what the learning style of a student is. It is only after that parents or teachers can help students to excel in their studies. Auditory learners usually do not have a problem with traditional methods of learning. They are the most common types. They listen to teachers and gather information through listening. They process it and retain it. They have an excellent memory. They can easily answer questions asked to them during or after the class. Once learnt, they can recollect the information anytime anywhere without much effort. However, they do not do very well if subjected to solo study time. They need discussions and thus, they should be allowed to learn in study groups. They learn by listening. It can be listening to the audiobooks available or the recorded lectures of their teachers. It can even be to their friends discussing the content. These learners should be allowed to share their thoughts and the information that they have learnt through speech. They don't do very well when they are asked to just write it down. They are not only good listeners but also excellent storytellers. Thus, teachers and parents must make sure to provide some auditory stimulus to these learners to encourage them in learning efficiently.


Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao12 May 2023 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 1

Generally, many of us learn by hearing or reading. We hear lessons in the classroom and we will make notes while hearing. Afterwards, we read that notes and try to keep the points in our memory. So all classroom learners are auditory learners only in my opinion. But these students should have a very concentrated listening to get maximum benefit. If the student is not concentrating on listening, important points will not, sometimes, get registered in his mind.
Many specialists in the field of education say that seeing will be more effective as at that time a student will hear as well as see something happening before him/ her.

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