This open access text can be used to teach fundamental listening skills that can augment learning. The principles covered in resource can be used to help students learn to hone the ability to focus on details and develop short-term and long term memory. Finally, it can be viewed as a good tool to support a unit on critical thinking particularly in a speech communications course. For instance, instructors can ask students to read the chapter sections as homework, and blog their reflections as they answer the text's discussion questions,"try this" insets, and other text sidebar prompts as they read. The instructor can review the concepts by having students act out the listening behaviors in different situations.