Tips for Learning From Lectures
Lectures can be an effective way to learn large amounts of information, but they require active listening and note-taking skills.
- Focus. Turn off notifications, avoid distractions, and maintain eye contact with the lecturer.
- Take notes. Write down key points, examples, definitions, and diagrams. Use abbreviations and symbols.
- Ask questions. Clarify confusing points during the lecture or after by speaking to the lecturer.
- Review notes. Go over your notes after the lecture to fill in gaps and commit information to memory.
- Connect to prior knowledge. Make connections between new concepts and what you already know.
- Cornell notes
- Leave a summary section and cue column for key words.
- Outline notes
- Organize by headings, subheadings, and bullet points.
- Concept maps
- Visual representation of relationships between ideas.
Lectures are input - the real learning happens after through reviewing and processing the information. Use lectures as a springboard for further reading, research, and discussion.
With practice and the right strategies, lectures can become an EaM part of your learning process.