ACTIVE LEARNING: How Can
I Get the Most Out of This Class?
the assigned reading before the class. You're going
to have to read it sometime, and if you go to the class
with it done, you'll understand the lecture much better.
Best of all, you'll know what questions to ask, to clarify
what you've read.
your course outline to see how each class fits
into the overall course.
review your notes from the last class, so you'll
be able to connect the new material to what you already
know. This helps your mental filing system, and makes information
easier to remember.
Listening in Class
shows that the average college student listens at about
35% efficiency - there's room for improvement for us all.
Listening is active. Involve yourself in the lecture - don't
just let it happen to you.
a seat where you can see and hear well, away from distractions.
a pen in hand, ready to take notes. It helps you focus.
the instructor as s/he talks. Watch for signals that will
help you know the difference between main ideas and supporting
about what the instructor or a classmate is saying. Think:
"What would be a good test question on this material?"
or "How could I use this information?" or "What can I
ask to clarify what is being said?"
not to let your mind wander. Pull your concentration back
when you have a lapse. (See a counsellor for tips on how
to build this skill.)
open to learning something new - it can be exciting.
to guess what the instructor might say next.