Preparing for a lecture

  1. Review your lecture slides/course notes, and course reading materials
    • Even just a quick skim! You'll understand the jargon, ideas, and main points that the lecturer uses and discusses.
  2. Course notes are just a GUIDE
    • What is repeated? What information is new?
    • What questions do you have?

Effective Listening

  • Passive Listening vs Active Listening
    • Hearing what the professor says and copying it down vs carry on a "conversation" with your instructor in your notes.
  • Importance of Active listening
    • Questioning the information helps you identify what is important and what should be included in your notes.

Tips and Strategies

  1. Prepare for your lecture by reviewing the course notes and doing any assigned readings so you can listen actively, take notes efficiently, and understand thoroughly.
  1. Organize your notes and enhance your learning by;
    • using descriptive headings;
    • using page margins to collect key ideas, your questions or terms and definitions;
    • creating short topic summaries in your own words throughout the lecture.
  1. Learn to pay attention to the verbal and non-verbal cues your professor is giving to help you decided what information is important and should be added to your notes
  1. Review upon lecture notes and the related readings regularly so there is less information to cover for your exams and so you have a better understanding of the material for your next class.

For more information and resources you can visit the Student Success Office website