1. DEVELOP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
You are taking that class for some reason; therefore, you
have an investment in it. Make the most of your investment. Each class or
course may not create the same appeal or interest for you. But on the other
hand, neither will each task or undertaking in "life after college"
be enticing or rewarding in itself. Keep in mind your long-term goals
regarding education and preparation for your lifework. Getting the most out of
this course is one step toward that goal.
2. INTEND TO FOLLOW YOUR PROFESSORíS LECTURE CLOSELY
Go to class determined to listen. Make it a challenge. Try
to understand the professorís style of lecturing by listening closely.
Professors have individual
lecture styles and learning that style can help you detect key statements and concepts.
3. DO NOT BE
DISTRACTED BY AN INSTRUCTORíS MANNERISMS, DELIVERY, OR VOICE
Concentrate instead on what is said. If you disagree, jot
down points of disagreement to bring up later.
4. LISTEN WITH YOUR MIND NOT YOUR EMOTIONS
If the speaker uses a word you donít like, or makes a point contrary to your beliefs,
donít stop listening ó youíll only be
defeating yourself. You donít have to agree, but donít
allow yourself to be turned off from listening.
5. SIT CLOSE TO THE FRONT OF THE CLASS
By positioning yourself close to the professor, you can focus on his or her face,
follow the lecture more effectively, and increase
your incentive for attentive listening.
6. BE ALERT
As you probably know, this is not always easy. Avoid eating
heavy meals before class; get adequate rest; wear clothing that will allow you
to be comfortable and develop an erect posture of attentiveness (rather than a
slouch). When you find your mind wandering, shift your focus by looking around
the room until you become more alert.
7. READ THE TEXT BEFORE CLASS
This makes the material presented in the lecture clearer,
more recognizable, and more retainable.
8. TAKE NOTES
Students who involve themselves with writing down statements
and thoughts from the lecture tend to remember more of the material. Besides
helping to keep you awake, the physical act of writing will assist you in
concentrating and in organizing your thoughts.
9. INFORMALLY SHARE YOUR IDEAS
Getting to know several other people in your class and
occasionally getting together to share ideas can help to clarify the
information and to solidify learning. Getting together can also create
enthusiasm and make learning a lot more fun.
10. ASK QUESTIONS
Questions about the meaning of terms are a good place to start.
Best of all, by asking questions you become an active participant in the class
rather than a passive observer taking in the events.
11. INTERPRET THE LECTURE
Process the information in light of the previous knowledge
and experience to keep your thought processes active and to integrate your
12. EVALUATE YOUR INFORMATION
Sort through information presented to determine the
material that is important and critical for remembering.