How to actively learn during Lectures

How to actively learn during Lectures

Lectures are one of a few methods for transmitting information from an individual to another. Usually, teachers, professors, speakers and all kinds of Gurus convey and make use of this information delivery technique. Lectures are usually conducted in which the speaker is the sole source of the information provider. Lectures make learning an easy process and also more effective than other methods of conveyance.

Usually, students prefer a low-effort learning process like listening to lectures, podcasts, educational documentaries, and much more. If a student attends the lecture and pays undivided attention to participating in the active learning process then lectures are quite effective methods to convey information to the students.

Students usually have a hectic schedule and a load of studies. Thus lectures can be the best source to learn on time with a hectic schedule and making the most out of the lectures can be a fruitful endeavor of both time and energy. Thus attending lectures with complete concentration, undivided attention, making notes and all sorts of efforts can be a very fructuous activity. Hereunder are a few techniques to actively learn during Lectures :

  • Asking questions and being inquisitive about what is being taught
  • Attending the lecture with a study buddy
  • Making notes and discovering learning style
  • Finding out which learning method suits best
  • Writing down key points
  • Sitting in the front
  • Becoming a punctual student

1. Asking questions and being inquisitive about what is being taught

Asking questions and being inquisitive about what is being taught can retain the information for a longer time. Questions can enable the curiosity of a student to learn more and further help in learning the information with more clarity. Remaining alert during the sessions mentally and physically is the best way to learn and retain information during lectures. Asking questions can lead to a broader perspective of learning thus a student can also gain additional information by asking questions during lectures.

2. Attending the lecture with a study buddy

Studies can be intimidating when one has no one around to help in learning or sharing learning strategies or ideas or even just having fun quizzing and helping. Studying alone can be a tedious task, sometimes leading to boredom and detachment from learning. Some students can study alone but some students need help, motivation, and even someone to solve doubts for them, thus preferring to study with a study buddy in the class can help in actively participating and enjoying the class. Below are a few tips on how to make a study buddy in the class :

  • Confidentally discussing about likes and dislikes with friends and check whether someone matches the choices and reaching out.
  • Approaching someone first to be a study partner by observing their study habits and subject choices.

3. Making notes and discovering learning style

Making notes of what is being taught in the class can be helpful for remembering them and referring them whenever required. Notes help in re-collecting the information that is taught, or being taught in the future. Notes are the best ways to keep a track of subject that one is learning. It happens sometimes that one develops a dislike for a particular subject, or concept just the complete concept of studying because one is unable to understand it completely. Thus in this situation one can refer to one’s own self written notes. One can make hand-writtn notes or even type it out on a digital device, whatever is comfortable to the student.

4. Finding out which learning method suits best

Trying out different learning styles for different subjects can help an individual to distinguish between which style to utilize for which subject and more. Trying something practically can help in remembering it for a long time. For example, a student is good at remembering through reading, some other student is good at learning through listening, someone else might be a visual learner through graphs or pictures, someone might be a kinesthetic learner who would prefer learning through practical experiences much more. Thus a teacher can also use such different methods to teach the students or even the student can learn the content in which one can understand.

5. Writing down key points

Writing down key points not only helps in remembering it, but also makes mind more efficient and helps in focusing better. Notes can increase vocabulary, develops thought process, broadens subject knowledge and much more. Few more benefits of making notes:

  • Making notes encourages daily progress.
  • It increases the writing and remebering speed of a person.
  • Making notes promotes high level of thinking thus increasing focus on learning.
  • Making notes can help in learning complex ideas with simplicity.
  • Making notes helps in being more engaged with what is being taught and also is one of the most active form of learning.

6. Sitting in the front

Sitting in front can help a student in focusing more and writing more as the student is continuously under the teacher’s watch and also it compels the students to make better notes, listening more, less distractions and maximum focus. Also the fellow students would not be able to distract if one id sitting in the front portion or the first bench.

7. Becoming a punctual student

Trying to reach on time to school before a class begins, can help in learning and maintaining the continuity of the session, if a student reaches late, they might miss the beginning of the session, thus losing focus and interest as the base is only missing. To reach on time one should :

  • Sleep early.
  • Wake up early.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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