LEARNING FROM LECTURES is often challenging for many students. Learning how you can get the most out of time spent in lectures will make a huge difference to your level of understanding and success.
Get enough sleep and eat a healthy breakfast to start the day ready to learn.
Sit close to the front of the class to make it easier to avoid distractions. You'll also have more eye contact with your instructor, which will help you stay engaged and attentive.
Don't bring distractions to class: turn your phone to vibrate, block social media during class time, and don't sit with people who like to chat or distract you during class.
Only answer your phone if it's an emergency. Leave the room before you start to speak. Speak in a normal voice once you're outside the classroom.
Did you choose to sit in that place to learn or to socialize?
How can you avoid distraction, and avoid being a source of distraction for other students?
How do you contribute to class discussions (ask questions, seek clarification, introduce new ideas)?
How can you make mental connections to readings during the lecture?
What is one change you could make to improve your concentration in class?
To get the most out of each lecture, try these strategies:
Being prepared for your lectures can help you to:
It is also very important to:
Attention strategies can help you get the most out of the lectures, so try to:
When your class is finished, it is important to:
Review your notes!
Create practice exam questions and do them!
Plan study sessions.
TOOLS & RESOURCES
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