You sometimes go to the lecture hall as early as possible to get a seat near the front, at other times you choose a place where you can be easily spotted by lecturers to engage their attention and ask questions you need to, but you still find it difficult to get the most out of your lectures and lecturers?
This is a problem faced by many college students and one of the reasons why some educational set-ups prefer grouping their classes as small groups (of 30 students or less) so as to ensure that teachers or lectures are able to interact with most students as much as is possible; for them to get the most of their studies.
That sort of educational set-up, however, is not available in most colleges and it will be somehow impossible to practice since, there are too many students and few lecturers.
All the same, there are a number of strategies you can use to get the most out of a large college lecture class.
1. Necessary preparations
Let’s take it that you’re stuck in a large college lecture class, but still you must get the most out of it. Not preparing for such a class will be an academic tragedy. Go to the lecture hall as early as possible to get a front seat (maybe you’re not able to hear lecturers all that well when you sit somewhere far away from them) and listen attentively.
Due diligence is thus needed here. You shouldn’t be late for lectures and ensure that you carry along anything you need to use to get the most out of the lecture class. Plain books for taking notes, writing materials and sometimes, audio recording devices are things you shouldn’t forget to take to the lecture class.
2. Learn how to take notes
Your inability to take notes effectively may also be a reason why you’re not getting the most out of that large college lecture class. Learn how to takes notes and how to identify verbal cues in things been said by lecturers.
Most often, things that should be noted down and highlighted by students are the words, phrases and sentences that lecturers will stress in their intonation. Not to say that non-stressed sections of lectures aren’t important; they equally are.
3. Get a radio recorder
There are a lot of such smart recording devices that you can take to a large college lecture class and record the lecture to listen to as many times as you want and think is necessary for you to attain a complete understanding of that particular lecture.
You can also find friends and lecture mates who’ll listen to the recorded lectures together with you. Here, you get the chance to share views and ask questions and anybody who knows may provide an answer to aid your understanding.
4. Get in touch with lecturers
Most of them may be very busy and won’t like you disturbing them, but some may be very professional and kind-hearted. Listen to your recorded lecture, try getting every answer you need from yourself and friends and if you’re still at a lost about something in the lecture, contact the go-to-guy; your lecturer.
Hopefully and without wasting much time, he or she will provide you with the answers you rightly need to know.
5. Interact with the lecturer in class
This is very difficult since questions will be asked by many students and there’s no way a lecturer will allow you to ask as many questions as you’ll like to. But you can ask the more important ones for you and hopefully, other students will ask some that you were also thinking to ask.
To conclude, it’s important to note that while college lecture classes will remain large no matter what, you can get the most out of them by being prepared and putting in place and practicing measures that will aid your understanding.