Audiobooks are great ways to not only pass the time but to also learn a new thing or two. But have you ever wondered just how you can maximize the lessons that you’ve learned from your audiobook? You’ve come to the right place and we’re going to explore just how you can better experience your audiobook!

UPGRADE!

Upgrading can mean many things, but in this case it’s to upgrade your listening setup. What’s the use of listening to an audiobook if all you’re hearing is garbled static? You aren’t just listening to pass the time but to learn from the author of the audiobook. You’re listening to learn something from what they’ve put in the audiobook. You can’t do that with a bad setup. A good listening setup would usually include headphones or earphones with the following features:

 

  • Noise cancelling features. Noise cancellation lets you listen to the audiobook without having to deal with outside noise interrupting your session.
  • Clear audio when playing the audiobook. Static is something that keeps you from listening properly. You’ll either have to replay your audiobook rewind just to understand what the person was saying.
  • A perfect fit for your ears. The better a listening device is to your ears, the better the output will sound. 

 

Listen and Pay Attention

Multitasking is something that we do everyday. However, multitasking isn’t something your mind is doing. Instead your mind switches tasks quickly. Which means that focusing on one thing is the best way to maximize your output. The same can be said for maximizing your audiobook. If you give half of your focus to something other than your audiobook, then you’re losing half of what the author has to say.

 

For example, you might be thinking that doing other things while listening to an audiobook is the way to go. “I can get this report done while listening to Elon Musk” is what you might be thinking. But how much did you actually learn from Elon’s SpaceX audiobook? Not much unless you’ve been paying more attention to Elon rather than your report. Focusing on either your report or audiobook makes you lose out on quality on both. Which leads us to the next great tip.

Set a Schedule for Yourself

Setting a schedule doesn’t just mean setting a schedule for your audiobook, but also the rest of your daily responsibilities and chores. This lets you set and adjust the rest of the responsibilities and chores you need to do around your audiobook listening schedule. By creating your own schedule you can never make the excuse that you don’t have time to listen. A great thing to note is to make sure that you set your audiobook schedule to a time where you’re not tired and can easily retain the lessons from it. You can either do your sessions early in the morning or in the evening before you go to bed. 

 

Morning Listening

The morning is where everyone’s energy peaks as you’re refreshed from a good night’s sleep. It is also when the sun is out and the natural light keeps you attentive. Listening during the morning also makes sure that your sleep schedule is unaffected.

 

Evening Listening

Evening listening might seem counterintuitive as you’re mostly tired from the events during the day. But the evening is a great time to listen as well as there are very few distractions that can take your concentration. It’s also known that a good night’s sleep after studying can improve your ability to recall the lessons in the morning. This definitely applies to audiobook listening as well.

Feel Free To Relisten to Your Audiobook

You can treat yourself as being back in school whenever you want to invest your time in an audiobook. With one slight difference. You don’t need to wait for an instructor to discuss a lesson. You’re free to listen to your audiobooks as much as you want. If you don’t understand a certain part in your audiobook, then go on ahead and repeat it to understand it better. 

 

One great tip is to use your first listening session as a rough introduction to the topic. Try to get as much information as you can from that first listening session. Follow it up by using  the following sessions to glean over specific topics that will help you understand that specific topic in the audiobook. Doing an initial listening session also lets you break down your audiobook into “chapters” even if its not split into chapters in the audiobook itself. This helps you chop up the topics into easy to understand chunks rather than overloading yourself with information.

Take Notes

Taking notes is something that you need to do if you want to maximize what you learn from your audiobook. This helps by making sure that you have a record of what’s important. Think of it as your own personal summary of what you’ve learned. It is also much more convenient than having to go back to your audiobook and listening to an entire chapter trying to find the specific info you need. However, it’s recommended to take notes after you’ve already listened through your audiobook once.