Preparing for a lecture
- 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.
- Course notes are just a GUIDE
- What is repeated? What information is new?
- What questions do you have?
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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