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How to Get the Most out of Lecture

Posted by medliorator on March 24, 2008

Here are 11 small tips to get the most out of the lecture process:

  1. Prepare for the lecture by reading up on the subject. Approaching the lecture with a basic overview can improve your comprehension and boost the clarity greatly
  2. Take a bottle of water with you. Your mind will wander if you get thirsty half way through the lecture.
  3. For each set of notes, write down the module title, the date, and that lecture’s topic.
  4. Number your pages of notes if you write a lot.
  5. Leave plenty of white space in the margins, so you can make further annotations, if necessary.
  6. If you have further questions that haven’t been answered, NOTE THESE DOWN
  7. Mark/Highlight any sections, ideas, or concepts that the lecturer says is important and likely to form part of an essay or exam.
  8. Listen. Yes, I know you’re supposed to listen, but engage with your own mind as the lecture moves along. Ask yourself questions, try and evaluate points through what you already know, get involved in the meat of the topic even though you’re just listening to another person speak.
  9. Even if you’re told a printout will be given of presentation slides from the lecture, still make notes. It’s not an excuse to stop writing.
  10. If the lecturer does present on Powerpoint and (for some strange reason) doesn’t distribute the slides, ask them for a copy. No harm in asking…the worst they can say is ‘No’.
  11. Organise your notes as soon as you can after the lecture. The longer you leave them alone, the less they’ll end up making sense and helping you when you revise from them.

The little things you might not always think about for lectures [TheUniversityBlog]


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