Millennials are busy, they are not lazy as the media portrays them. They are busy with study, jobs, careers, country, people, environment.
For busy Millennial students; it is getting harder to find moments to relax and start reading some books. I remember my grandfather sitting down his reading books from his collection. But for our fast-paced life; that opportunity is gone.
However, students need to read books. Audiobooks have taken the place of books and even Ebooks. Listening to audiobooks will help to gain more knowledge and joy in the very little time that students have.
Audiobooks are convenient and affordable; helps to finish a book quickly; helps to gain more knowledge, wisdom, vocabulary then traditional books or even ebooks.
Still not convinced of the benefits of audiobooks? We listed 13 reasons why Students Need to Listen to Audiobooks.
1. Convenience of Audiobooks is Unmatched
Audiobooks are convenient for a student who is always on the move. It is just not possible to buy and most importantly storing them in a bookshelf in your house.
Because you are not living your house and your dorm room is not the place where you can keep your rare books collection.
Even your textbooks are not safe. Almost every student has lost their textbook in the dorm or the college campus and most times, it is because somebody stole it.
As students, you are not just spending time on the campus. You have to travel, go to hangouts and social gatherings, seminars.
Because of student debt, you may have to take a part-time job or drive Lyft or Uber which is a good option for a college or university student to earn some extra cash.
Not to mention all the time you need for the commute to these places, every day.
When you are going to get a chance to open up a book and start reading it. And when you do get that chance; chances are it is going to a textbook.
Thus; the solution is audiobooks.
Just on your commute connect your phone to your car audio and listen to your favorite book; which is most likely narrated by the author.
Or; put on your headphones on your commute and free time.
2. Audiobooks Help Students Gain Knowledge
What is the primary duty of every student? Yes, you guessed it right! It’s learning their subjects and gaining relevant knowledge. And audiobooks are a great tool for knowledge acquisition.
These books help us in the same way as their paperback counterparts when it comes to imparting knowledge.
If you are listening to audiobooks with as much intent and concentration as you put in to read any other book, you will gain the same amount of knowledge (or more in case you are absorbing the emotional tone of the audio).
3. Audiobooks Impart Appropriate Grade-Level Learning to Students
Sometimes we are unable to get the required knowledge in respective grade or semester. It can be because we were down with flu in peak performance weeks. Or it can be an aftermath of our continued headaches that come with increased screen time.
Or at times, we may feel that traveling to and from campus is taking more time of our day than we anticipated.
In all these cases, we can rely on audiobooks to make up for the lost reading time.
Nevertheless, we can integrate these books in our daily reading schedule to continue the learning momentum. Even when we are not at the dormitory or are jogging in the park gaining knowledge remains our priority.
4. Audiobooks Help in Training Our Listening Muscles
Who says that listening to books is less authentic because when we listen we don’t put in our efforts? Isn’t the act of active listening an effort?
Active listening is a crucial skill that is absent in most executives and business personnel.
By encouraging this skill in school and college years of our students, teachers and parents can ensure that these students maintain their acquired skill of paying attention to others’ conversations even after their academic life.
Those who don’t take audiobooks seriously because of a perceived lack of effort from the listeners don’t understand that active listening includes most, if not all, traits required in reading.
Yes, we don’t have to move our eyes from word to word. But we still have to keep our ear engaged in the process.
And then there is the use of sensory memory and short-term memory which is vital to listen to audiobooks just like it is to read conventional books.
The next step is transferring the information from the eyes, or ears, to the relevant brain parts. This is not an autonomous process! We choose which information will pass to the brain for comprehension!
The third step in active listening is comprehension which is the same step as happens in reading.
Memory, or retention, and retrieval are the last steps of the knowledge acquisition process. Although these steps are a little different among the two processes of listening versus reading, yet this difference doesn’t prove the superiority of one process over the other.
5. Audiobooks Increase the Retention and Retrieval of Information
If you are a visual learner, like the majority of the population, you will benefit more from reading the books than listening to them.
But even visual learning style is an acquired habit these days which persists because of the widespread availability of paper-back books.
With the ease in availability of other educational methods, which are based on listening, the need for reliance on conventional books is decreasing.
Now those students who were primarily auditory learners can pursue their original learning style without the need to train their minds to use visual cues instead of auditory cues.
This is the same reason for which in the coming times, we will witness an increase in the number of people coming out as auditory learners as opposed to auditory learners.
6. Listening to Audiobooks Helps with Vocabulary
What happens when you come across a difficult word while reading? How often you rely on the context of that word to guess the meaning of this novel word? How often do you put in your effort to consult a dictionary?
Let me guess, in most such events, you will resort to guessing the word (if it is possible) from the context and sentence structure.
When we listen to audiobooks, difficult words present a completely different plan of action.
Yes, even in the listening version you can choose to rely on the context to get the meaning of the whole sentence without worrying about the left-out word.
But if you are listening keenly, the sound of the word will invoke more curiosity within you to learn more about the word than its spelling in the reading scenario.
And the process of exploring that word is even more fulfilling in listening than in reading. In reading, you already know the spelling of the word from which you can start your search.
But in the case of listening, you first have to guess the spelling. This act of guessing injects the feeling of playfulness in an otherwise boring act of listening. And this feeling of playfulness will help in easy and long-term retention of the word.
7. Audiobooks Make Students Better at Pronunciation
Audiobooks make students better at pronunciation.
You must have remained a part of the controversy surrounding Ginny Weasely’s name at some part of your life, haven’t you?
Were you the one who argued that Ginny should be pronounced with J sound? Or you argued against it?
Now consider a scenario in which your first encounter with that name was a sound instead of a written word. Would you have ever made a mistake of pronouncing Ginny with a hard G?
Of course not!
When we listen to audiobooks, instead of reading their paperback versions, we learn the pronunciation of the name, and novel word, as soon as the narrator reads it.
Voila! Pronunciation is not an issue when you are listening to audiobooks.
8. Audiobooks Increases comprehension
Some longer sentences may not be as comprehendible in reading as they become in listening.
While listening, we can follow through pauses, changes in tone, and emphasis in voice to gauge where we need to pay more attention and where the sentence will end soon; thus, decreasing our need to maintain our focus.
When we listen, we connect every spoken word with the previous word until the meaning of the sentence is clear.
We can listen and re-listen to the sentence until the narrator’s point is clear. The same holds with the conventional books with a little deficiency: emotions are not as loud in conventional books as they are in audiobooks.
9. Audiobooks Highlight Emotions
The benefit which is most apparent in listening to books rather than reading them is the emphasis on emotions.
For lovers of conventional books, this argument may sound fake and lame. After all, don’t written words have expressions? Don’t they communicate emotions just as precisely, or better, as do the spoken or read words?
Yes, they do. You know this, so do I!
But that student who is learning Spanish may not have the ability to understand phrases of irony and sarcasm in that language.
Nor does that non-native reader who is struggling with English expression can differentiate between irony and authenticity of the emotion being portrayed.
They might benefit from a little extra emphasis on emotions, don’t they?
10. Audiobooks Give Joy
Gaining knowledge is joy in itself. It doesn’t matter if you learn through audiobooks, internet browsing, videos, or paper-back books. What matters is the intrinsic reward of satisfaction and growth you get from acquiring knowledge.
But sometimes, listening to audiobooks or watching videos give more satisfaction and fulfillment than books because of added auditory and visual cues.
Think of clarity and emphasis on emotions that only comes with listening or watching rather than reading.
And we shouldn’t forget that satisfaction we gain when we complete an audiobook in time because we were able to listen to them during commute and other physical activities.
11. Audiobooks Establish Connection with Culture, Books, and Literature
This feeling of joy and connection strengthens with the regular use of audiobooks. Even those students who don’t like reading much would love the emotive, interactive voice that defines the personality of audiobooks.
Start with an already established brand of Game of Thrones or Harry Potter and move towards more complicates and dry subjects of engineering, leadership, and project management (yes, that was the main point!).
The best point is the development of habit that will allow us to remain focused on the audiobooks even when we lose interest.
And we can also get addicted to our routine and end up using it to remain connected to our self-development goals even when we are not studying.
Instill a feeling of ownership towards reading
Audiobooks allow the students to study in the absence of supervision.
Lack of intervention from teachers and parents may mean a lack of control for them. Yet, if we look at the scenario from a student’s point of view, we shall see that they are the winning party in this shift in the balance of control.
These students don’t take much time before they realize the freedom of choice and timings of listening to the audiobooks.
According to Stephen R. Covey, this freedom, which is often accompanied by the sense of commitment to self and personal interests of the students, is the winning factor that helps the individuals in turning their failures into success.
This freedom guides them towards their optimal potential allowing them to benefit most out of their time spent in listening.
12. Audiobooks help with Time management
It’s no secret that audiobooks help the student in better managing their time
Students can get help from these books whenever they go without thinking twice about the weight they will be carrying on the trip. These books also act as great companions on vacations and other long-distance trips.
We can schedule listening to these audios before bed, in mornings, or lunch breaks, and other times where our activities go on autopilot mode.
We can include this activity in any activity, or chore, in which we engage passively.
13. Audiobooks are Affordable
Audiobooks services are super affordable. Also; you don’t need to have a huge bookshelf.
Final Words: Audiobooks are a part of the modern lifestyle and a must-have.
You cannot deny it neither can your friends, teachers, parents, or pets (pets? Yes, really!).
You can keep your pace in upgrading your life and stop worrying about them catching up. Sooner or later they will understand the importance of these little changes in learning technology.
Till then, you can choose to be smarter, brighter, and more up-to-date than your peers, right?
Oh! Let’s recap what we learned so far so you can use it in the next argument in favor of audiobooks.
We can use these books when we are on the go without worrying about the hassle of handling the books and packing space.
These books easily fit into our daily schedules without us feeling the need of reaching a library (okay! Bookshelf) to grab a book.
We don’t have to strain our eyes with the ebook version of these books. And then we get to train our listening skills, our comprehension, and vocabulary.
If these are not enough benefits of audiobooks, you can include the curiosity muscle you get to train if you use hard-to-navigate audiobooks instead of paperback so you only visit a scene in the novel when it is due instead of flipping the pages to get there.