Most adults lead pretty busy lives, especially with jobs, kids, and the demands of running a household to attend to. But there are very few times in our adult lives when we are more inundated with obligations than during our college years. Even the lucky students that are able to stave off a real job for the duration of their degree program still have hours of class, homework, and study time to contend with (not to mention internships, if they’re smart). And those that have to work while they’re in school have it even worse. Plus, there are all kinds of sports, clubs, and groups to join; although each offers different opportunities to expand one’s horizons and make contacts that could be important later in life, they all come with a time commitment at the very least (and usually a lot of stress, to boot). But there are ways that college students can make their lives easier, and audio books are one great avenue to explore.
For students, time is at a premium, so any way to save some is going to be a great boon. And in this respect audio can deliver. One of the best things about audio books is that they free you up to do other things. While many people have already discovered the joys of listening to a story well told during a long road trip, the morning commute, or while drifting off to dreamland, students can likely use their extra time for a whole slew of activities. Although they may not truly be able to study while they listen to an audio book (it’s hard to say how much of Jane Eyre you could absorb while focusing on algebra, for example), they can certainly clean their dorm room, hit up the cafeteria, take a few loads of clothing to the Laundromat, or even squeeze in some exercise like a jog or a bike ride to stay fit and reduce stress.
Of course, students that find audio versions of textbooks (or at least required reading for certain courses) can study while they perform other activities, like walking to class, grabbing a bite, or actually sitting still for a few minutes. But the real bonus is that most people learn in different ways. While some absorb information best when it’s presented in a visual format, others do better with auditory learning. But whether a student’s strength lies in one sense or the other, the truth is that every student will retain different things each time a lesson is presented, so that listening to the information can provide an excellent supplement or even a refresher for material presented in class or read in a textbook. And most students need all the help they can get.
So whether you’re on campus and hitting the pre-law courses or you’re working towards an online MBA in healthcare, consider what audio books can do for you. In some cases they may provide a better chance for learning and retention than the information presented on the blackboard and in books. And they will surely help you to double-task so that you can get more done even as you study.