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What is Auditory Learning?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 23, 2024
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Auditory learning is a teaching method that is geared toward students whose learning style is geared more toward the assimilation of information through hearing rather than by sight. While the vast majority of people tend to be primarily visual in the way they relate to the world around them, audio stimulation is often employed as a secondary means of encountering and absorbing knowledge. For a small percentage of people, auditory learning surpasses visual stimuli and serves as the primary learning method, with visual learning becoming secondary.

Auditory learning appeals to individuals who are able to encounter and retain information that is delivered in some type of verbal presentation. Rather than making use of reading or other types of visual tools to learn, a person who is primarily auditory in their learning capacity will absorb much more data by encountering the information via a lecture, speech or even an audio recording.

Identifying people who learn by hearing is not a difficult task. Often, these people tend to recount past experiences with an emphasis on what they heard rather than what they saw. A person who is a good candidate for auditory learning will also often compliment any attempts at responding to the visual presentation of data by introducing some type of auditory stimulation in the background. For example, the student who is able to read an assignment more efficiently by having a radio playing in the background is highly likely to be auditory.

Many teaching methods today incorporate various methods that make it possible to connect with people who learn orally as well as those who learn visually. This recognition of different learning styles is actually to the benefit of the student. Learning methods that contain elements of both sight and sound make it possible for visual as well as auditory learning to take place in the same environment.

Auditory learning often includes opportunities for persons who are primarily auditory to learn as quickly as people who are primarily visual. An educator may choose to not only write instructions on a board, but also repeat them verbally for the benefit of auditory learners. Group discussions, reading to the group, and using music and poetry to convey ideas will also benefit auditory learners.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including Language & Humanities, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon204945 — On Aug 10, 2011

Read the book "Instant Rapport." It is amazing and tells you everything you need to know about auditories.

By anon120996 — On Oct 22, 2010

I think i am an auditory learner. I find that as I read, i am actually saying the words to myself in my head, so that I can 'hear them.' I have to read everything word for word as i was speaking the words and i believe that to be so i can 'hear them'.

By anon103647 — On Aug 13, 2010

anon, that was pretty unnecessarily rude.

alinder, I'm 18 years old and an auditory learner and while I'm competent at learning in other ways I found it to be really effective to utilize my auditory abilities when learning. When I'm studying, I record my essays and listen to them, or for different subjects like history I'll learn the details of a war as the lyrics to a popular song that I like.

Another good way I've found is to converse with others about the information I need to learn as I am able to memorize the entire conversation involuntarily.

Hope this helps your daughter.

By anon89636 — On Jun 11, 2010

Are you serious? You want you daughter to learn how to learn better? How about you learn how to be a better parent? Just because she is an auditory learner does not mean she has a learning disability. Maybe you should try and help her with the way she is learning now.

By alinder — On Jun 17, 2009

My 17 year old daughter was just evaluated and found to be an auditory learner. Can you suggest any books or tips for her so she can learn how to learn properly? Suggestions that will make it easier for her to learn.

Thanks for any help you may have.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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