Time management

Attending lectures

About your lecture

Lectures are still the foundation that a lot of university learning is based on. Remember to be alert and attentive – listen, understand and take notes in order to get the most out of the session.

The teaching staff use lectures to:

  • Introduce you to new topics.
  • Explain complex ideas.
  • Provide a framework on which you can build your knowledge.

There isn’t usually much opportunity to interact with the lecturer, so if you have a question:

  • Write it down so you don’t forget.
  • Ask your tutor later
  • Discuss it with your fellow students after the lecture.

Remember:

You should act upon the information you get from a lecture quickly.

Lectures provide you with a starting point that helps you to focus your reading into areas that you should study more in depth.

Reading in advance

Try and read generally into the topic before a lecture as it will introduce you to the vocabulary of the subject so you are not bombarded with a host of new terms. This will allow you to concentrate on the meaning of what is being said rather than on the words being used.

How to know what to read in advance?

  • ask your tutors.
  • look at the myCourse page which will set out your lecture programme and the learning outcomes.
  • look at your reading list.
  • Google it.