With many institutions and courses placing greater emphasis on lectures in a post-Covid world, how can you make sure you’re getting the most out of these sessions?
Courses across all disciplines incorporate lectures into the study timetable. Most of these courses will also set weekly reading or outlines of which topics will be covered in the following week’s teaching. Do your bit by preparing as best you can - use the resources available to you to read around your weekly topic. That way, information covered in lectures develops your knowledge on the subject, rather than introducing it to you for the first time.
Whether your lectures are in person or online, make sure you prepare in plenty of time ahead of the session so that new information has a chance to sink in. Arrive to your lectures on time and in the right headspace to learn.
Find a way of recording information given during lectures in a way that works best for you. For some students, sitting and listening can be enough to take in new information, whilst for others, writing with a pen and paper or typing on a laptop is the best way. For students who like to listen back to information, dictaphones can be a life saver - though don’t forget to ask your academic’s permission to record them if you choose to go down this route!
Academics at most institutions will upload their slides online for you to access after each lecture has taken place. At some universities, lectures are even recorded so you can watch them again in your own time. Take the time to research the resources available to you and decide what will work best from there. Be careful not to take advantage of these online uploads - always physically attend your lectures as watching sessions back won’t count towards your attendance!
Take your own notes. It has been scientifically proven that information transfer is more successful when students take their own notes as they are actively engaged with what is being taught.
By making your own notes you are creating yourself a resource to refer back to. Continue to use your notes after you make them - don’t just file them away! If topics come up in your assessments that have been covered by lectures, the best way for you to refresh your memory is to refer to your notes. After all, the best person to explain something to you is you!
If you’ve got a project or essay based assessment coming up and are struggling to come up with ideas, referring back to your lecture notes is a great place to start. You’ll remind yourself of which topics you enjoyed, and there may be questions left unanswered that would make great topics for your own work.
For more tips about making the most of your lectures and learning experience in higher education, contact Platinum Education Services today. Our specialist team of Student Advisors are on hand to answer all of your questions and queries!