Top Tips for Winning at Lectures

February 23rd, 2015 by Pearson

Everyone has their own solutions for surviving lectures. Some like to paint irises on their eyelids to give the appearance of being attentively awake while sleeping. Others just don’t show up at all, and prefer to pay someone to take notes for them. Unfortunately, both of these methods will probably cause you to fail.

In the interest of brightening your future, here are some tips to help you pass. They involve three main techniques – paying attention, taking notes, and studying; what you could call a traditional approach. If you just follow this list, you’ll be at the top of your class in no time.

Pay Attention!
If you’re falling asleep in class you aren’t going to retain anything, and you won’t take any notes. For best results, make sure you’re in a receptive state when being taught. Get your head in the game by making sure you:

  • Have eight hours of sleep, or more
  • Eat a high-protein breakfast
  • Stand up every few minutes
  • Ask questions whenever appropriate

Take Note
Writing down vital information helps you to focus on what the lecturer is saying, and aids memory retention. Your notes will also be a valuable addition to your textbooks when exams come around. Tried and tested methods include:

  • Trying different colours to aid memory
  • Making use of a Dictaphone or laptop to record sound
  • Filming lectures, with permission
  • Comparing notes with friends after class

Start Studying
There is no best technique for revising. You have to choose what will work best for you. Remember, it can only function as an accompaniment to attentive note taking in lectures, so don’t leave it all to the last minute. When preparing for an exam:

  • Incentivise yourself with treats
  • Take regular breaks
  • Get a friend to test you
  • Use mnemonic triggers

These simple steps will help you secure that first-class pass. Make it easy on yourself – all it takes to succeed in your tertiary studies is some discipline and the willingness to work hard.