GETTING THE BEST FROM YOUR LECTURES


It is one thing to attend classes, but getting the best from the lecture session is a different ball game entirely. I have outlined the following as steps to take if you desire to get maximum benefits from your lectures.

1. Come before the lectures begin: endeavor to be at the lecture venue (class) not later than 30 minutes to commencement of the lectures. The benefits of this cannot be over emphasized. It puts the mind in a relaxed mood, ready for learning. You also get the chance to make brief revisions before the lecture commences. Do this a few times and you'll see it becoming a part of you.

2. Sit in the front: O' yes! The back seat they say is meant for late comers and noise makers (*chuckles*). Sit in front where the chances of you being distracted are minimal. You also get to hear the lecturer clearly.

3. Come prepared: just like a farmer goes to the farm with farming implements, go to the class with whatever is required of you or things needed for convenience such as calculator, mathematical sets, pencils, booklet, pen, bottled water and the likes. Remember, your aim for attending the lecture is to get knowledge/ideas from the tutor. All of these materials at your disposal will see to this goal being achieved.

4. Write, write and write intelligible: An old Chinese proverb says that “the faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory”. Endeavor to write during lectures. Put down important points, employ the use mnemonics, retrieval cues, and whatever will aid retention and recall of what has been taught.

5. Ask questions: no lecturer who knows his/her onions will penalize you for being inquisitive. When an aspect of your course content is not well understood, do ask questions! This is to ensure that learning objectives are achieved and no grey area left unattended to.

6. Stay away from that noisy friend during lectures: Loquacious, hyperactive, playful... You know them. You also risk being sent out of the class for being a nuisance along with them. Avoid them, it'll benefit you and that also sends a message to them that such actions are unacceptable.

7. Open you mind: go to class/lectures with the mind-set of learning something new. Be open to new ideas/knowledge. Appreciate the fact that the instructor has spent considerable amount of time putting together the learning content.

When you adhere to this few steps, be sure of getting the best from that lecture and ultimately getting that eye-popping CGPA!

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