Courses are often based around lectures and seminars, so it is important to know how to get the most out of these. You will need to develop good listening and note-taking abilities, and be prepared to ‘do something’ with your knowledge and show your understanding – for example by giving presentations. There are a range of things you can do to prepare for and get the most from these situations.
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5 QUESTIONS for preparing for lectures:
- What do I think the lecturer is going to talk about?
- What do I already know about the topic?
- How can I find out a bit more before the lecture?
- What questions do I expect the lecture to address?
- How could I use what I learn in the lecture?
Listen to Learning Enhancement Tutors talk about how to prepare for lectures.
5 QUESTIONS for preparing for a presentation:
- What is this presentation about?
- Who is the audience?
- What key messages do I want to communicate?
- What questions do I think the audience might ask me?
- What else can I do to make sure I feel prepared?
5 QUESTIONS for delivering a presentation:
- How can I start my presentation?
- How can I connect with my audience?
- What can I do to help me keep calm and in control?
- How can I finish my presentation?
- What am I hoping to learn from giving this presentation?
5 QUESTIONS to prepare for seminars:
- What is the topic of the seminar?
- Is there anything I am required to do before the seminar or in it?
- What questions do I have about the topic?
- What do I want to say about the topic?
- How does this seminar fit into the other things I have learnt?