What is Auditory Learning?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

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 is a teaching method for students who assimilate more information through hearing then by sight.
Auditory learning is a teaching method for students who assimilate more information through hearing then by sight.

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.

Auditory learning includes students being able to call back answers and participate in the lesson.
Auditory learning includes students being able to call back answers and participate in the lesson.

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.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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


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'.


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.


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.


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.

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