Learning From Lectures: A Vital Skill
By Staff Writer Published on May 18, 2013
Students who attend college know that going to class is important. However, it is often difficult to make it class. Maybe your professor is boring, or you don’t feel a connection to the material. Although these things may be true, it is up to you to try to connect with the class and the lecture.
Attending lectures is crucial while you are student in college. Lectures allow you to learn directly from your professors, who are likely very knowledgeable on the subject they’re teaching. The goal of a lecturer should be to give you a general overview of the material. Then you as the student will supplement what the teacher has taught with the readings from the textbook.
Because a lecture is supposed to be a general overview, it’s important to realize how detailed of notes you should take. Obviously, every professor will differ in how he or she lectures. Once you’ve taken your first test, you can feel out how much of the material on the test came directly from the lecture. When you figure this out, you can better decide how detailed of notes you should take during the lecture.
Once you’re seated in the lecture, make sure to try to pay attention during the whole lecture. This may seem obvious, but if you are student, you know how easy it is to doze off during class. If you find that your thoughts are wandering away from the material being discussed, try to bring them back to the present situation. Focus specifically on each word that is coming out of your professor’s mouth. This will help you get much more out of the lecture.
It’s important for you to realize how different topics and themes that are being discussed intertwine and interconnect. If you can see the interaction between different themes, then you can better understand what it is your teacher is trying to teach you.
Attending CollegeAmerica can be an enriching and enlightening experience. Attending your lectures is a fantastic way to stay engaged in your schoolwork and to take advantage of every academic opportunity that you have been given. Do not waste your time in school; attend your lectures and gain as much education as you can.
Megan Wickes is a graduate of the Master in Business Administration (MBA) program. She currently works for CollegeAmerica, managing its online presence. In addition to her love of marketing, Megan enjoys wakeboarding, boating, and spending time with her husband and new baby boy.