Podcasts and audiobook apps like Audible are now a normal part of our contemporary culture. We’ve heard excitement from parents when their student discovers a new podcast that gets them interested in learning something new. And, we’ve also heard disapproval from parents when their student begins to listen to books instead of traditionally reading it.
The truth is: it’s a common misconception that audio learning is a “lazy” or ineffective method of learning. What’s actually true is that audio learning can be a very effective tool – depending on the individual.
There are several different learning styles and it’s common for individuals to excel with one particular style. The four learning styles, often called VARK Modalities, include:
1) Visual (V)
2) Auditory (A)
3) Read/Write (R)
4) Kinesthetic (K)
It’s estimated that nearly 30% of the population are considered “auditory learners”—meaning they learn more efficiently through speaking and listening.
Common characteristics of an auditory learner may include:
As an added bonus, auditory learners benefit from a higher likelihood of information retention compared to individuals with other learning styles.
We encourage every student (and their support network of parents, teachers, and tutors) to get to know their unique learning style and to embrace it with every opportunity possible!
1) A subscription service such as Learning Ally is an outstanding resource for struggling readers.
2) Your local library is a great place to find audiobooks at no cost.