I’ve already done a post on my Pre-Lecture Routine – but a lot of you have asked to know what happens IN the lecture, so here’s a brief outline as to how I approach my notes.
USE THE LECTURE SLIDES
The starting point for all my lectures. Whether you print them out ahead or prefer to type underneath them, the lecture slides are you best friends. Often, lectures are used as a guide for the exam, with the purpose of reading to develop this information further to push you towards higher grades. USE the slides as an outline for your studying and add supplementary information to them to develop your understanding of these areas.
CONDENSE THE ‘WAFFLE’
Often, lecturers can talk a VERY long way around a basic point. It’s unnecessary for you to write all this down – you just need to know the information, so keep your writing short and succinct. To condense your notes further, do not write down any information that is already typed on the slides or in your notes. This is a waste of your lecture time! The more productive approach to this information is to write up all the notes together after the lecture. To make sure I’m not writing down unnecessary information, I print off the slides and annotate alongside them so that I’m just supplementing the information already given to me!
WRITE DOWN QUESTIONS
It’s so common for lecturers to talk SO FAST and information can easily be missed. If you feel like you’re falling behind with the pace or that something isn’t quite making sense – write it down!! Then you can bring that question to syndicates, seminars or ask the lecturer personally for clarification. There’s no point dwelling on something and not seeking an answer for it.
STAR HINTS AND TIPS
This is something I learnt to do in my first year at university, and it was super helpful! Lecturers can give MASSIVE hints about the exam content – but you’ll only get the hint if you’re paying attention. Last year, we were basically told our exam question simply by a lecturer referring to the same case and how important it was over and over and over again. When these hints are dropped, make sure you make a note of them by putting a big star, arrow or highlight next to the relevant information. That way, when it comes to revision, you can easily see areas you should focus on the most.