Audio engineering students usually develop technical listening skills through autonomous study and practice, by listening to recordings and through ear training programs. Audio educational programs typically emphasize the importance of doing or practical training, for example, recording sessions with fellow students and student musicians. Listening sessions conjointly build critical listening, critical thinking, and communication skills. Listening sessions that offer opportunities to experience differing understandings, offer opportunities to explore how perspectives and recordings are similar in some ways and unique in others. Professionals are able to find words for what is audible; and they are also able to describe hypothetical listening experiences, experiences that a production might bring about if certain decisions and actions are taken. Listening sessions gently, socially pressure students to communicate about what they hear and think. However, assuming the listening session is extracurricular, unlike an exam, students retain control over how and how much they participate.