Time management

Attending lectures

Interpreting the lecture

Lectures can take many forms. They may include a wide range of supporting material such as handouts, slides, PowerPoint presentations, even role-play.

Lecturers will endeavour to convey:

  • Facts- verbally and visually. Facts and references will often be given out in the lecture notes. Check your myCourse page to see if the PowerPoint slides are posted there.If the facts on handout, you can concentrate on understanding the concepts being explained.
  • References- sources of further relevant material are also given. These references substantiate the points addressed in the lecture.
  • Concepts- most lectures contain an element of conceptual intergration of the material. This is usually the most important part of the lecture. Many lecturers concentrate on concepts, on the premise that you can obtain the facts from the books.
  • Anecdotal examples- many lecturers use anecdotal examples to illustrate a point. It is essential that you look beyond such descriptions and extract the underlying information.


Establish early on whether your lecturer will give out lecture notes, so you know whether to make notes or not.

Also, check whether they are given on myCourse.