Learning In Lectures
College instructors often use lectures to supplement or clarify what you have studied in your
textbook. These lectures are an important way of helping you to understand and remember
course-related information. Therefore, you need to be able to take notes that will record the
important points made by the lecturer so they can be used as study materials when you are
preparing for an exam.
To help you develop your lecture note-taking skills, this session will cover
- Introduction to effective listening
- Principles of good note-taking
- Three methods of note-taking
- Cornell (two column)
"Listening – I don't have any problems with that" is what you are probably saying. We all think
we can listen, yet many students have problems doing it effectively. Learning in lectures depends
heavily on a student's ability to listen.
Blocks To Listening
- Lack of interest – Your attitude toward a subject can get in the
way of your listening.
- Dislike of the instructor – This dislike can block your listening.
The instructor's mannerism may also be distracting.
- Inability to concentrate - Letting your mind wander to personal problems
such as assignments, your job, or a hundred other things will prevent you
- Distractions – A room that is too warm or an air hammer working outside
are obvious blocks to listening.
Given the potential blocks, what can you do to improve your listening skills?
Managing Classroom Listening
When you step into a classroom, there is one basic question you must answer. "Do I want to
listen?" Nobody can force you to listen. Listening is voluntary. Furthermore, it's not enough to
say, "Okay, I'm committed. I'm willing to focus my undivided attention in one direction. I want
to listen in class." Your desire to listen must match an ability to listen.