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Auditory learners benefit most from taking in information through their ears.  They need to hear information to process it.  It may be helpful for an auditory learner to visit LSS's online audio filesto listen to study tips.


  • Are talkers (jokes, talks)
  • Have poor visual memory (poor handwriting, poor ability to reproduce figures, letters)
  • May have trouble taking tests and will be brighter than IQ scores indicate
  • Remember spoken words, ideas, lyrics to music
  • May have poor perception of time and/or space
  • May not coordinate colors or clothes, but can explain why they are wearing what they are wearing and why
  • Hum or talk to themselves or others when bored
  • Prefer to get info by listening.  Needs to hear it to know it
  • Difficulty following written instructions
  • Problems with writing
  • Inability to read body language and facial expressions



Lecture situations are excellent learning environments for auditory learners.

  • Attend all classes, recitations, and extra sessions offered
  • Make a cassette tape of classroom lectures
    • While making notes in class, jot down the number on the tape counter to identify particularly difficult or confusing sections
    • Later go back and listen to those sections.  Do not replay entire tapes of lectures.
  • Form study groups.  Talk through information with other people.

Study Tips

  • Use tapes for reading and class notes
  • Learn by interviewing or participating in discussions
  • Verbalize whenever possible
  • Summarize aloud visual information
  • Before beginning an assignment, set a specific goal and say it aloud.  For instance, “First, I am going to read half of chapter 32 in biology.”
  • Before reading an assignment, read aloud subheadings and describe pictures
    • Talk aloud and say what you think the chapter will be about
    • State any questions you hope to have answered by reading that section
  • While reading an assignment, stop after every few paragraphs and summarize aloud what you have read.
  • Whenever you have a particularly difficult reading, read it aloud. If that is not possible, try to "read in your head". Moving your lips silently may help. Your brain needs to hear the words as your eyes read them.
  • Recite aloud anything that you need to remember (quotes, dates, lists, etc.)
  • Use note cards
    • Write the word or phrase in color on one side of an index card (one phrase per card).
    • Write a short definition or description on the back.
    • Review these cards frequently by reading the phrase aloud and saying the definition.
  • Have test questions or directions read aloud or put on tape
  • To review for a test, summarize notes on tape. Listen to the tape multiple times, while walking to class, washing the dishes, etc.
  • Use color and graphic symbols in your notes to highlight main ideas.
  • Use graph paper or lined paper to do complicated math problems. Leave plenty of space to organize each problem.
  • Before writing, state topic preference
  • Keep a file of your most commonly misspelled words.
  • Find a quiet place to work free from noise or distractions
  • Use earphones or plugs to block noise while studying