Today we want to talk about a sometimes controversial topic, audio learning. There is a perception among some educators and parents that listening to audio books defies the point and is a form of “cheating.”  In this article from, “professor Daniel Willingham, author of ‘Raising Kids Who Read,’ explains the difference in how the brain processes listening vs. reading” and why audio books aren’t all that bad.

“Listening to an audio book might be considered cheating if the act of decoding were the point; audio books allow you to seem to have decoded without doing so. But if appreciating the language and the story is the point, it’s not.   Comparing audio books to cheating is like meeting a friend at Disneyland and saying ‘you took a bus here? I drove myself, you big cheater.’ The point is getting to and enjoying the destination. The point is not how you traveled.”

At Linder Educational Coaching, we employ a variety of methods to help each child learn and succeed, including audio learning.We have students listen to audio books WHILE reading to learn pacing, help focus, and increase understanding especially for auditory learners.

Each person learns differently and needs to find a way to use his/her natural abilities in school. Our goal is to help bring out those natural abilities in every student. Each family calls us for a different reason, and we are very sensitive to the needs of each client. Some families want to make sure their child is prepared for the next grade, others call because their child has become detached from school and is doing poorly in multiple classes. We work with many students on specific areas that are weaker for them, whether it is language arts or math and sciences.

Contact us today to set up an appointment for your child!