Lecture strategies


speaking your mindLectures- Before, During, and After.        

“Lecturer X is a popular lecturer amongst students. Students often choose X’s lectures as they are understood to be passionate, entertaining, and make learning fun. The lectures feel like a performance for many students.

Jing is a studious student but finds live events such as tutorials, brief introductions and lectures difficult as she misses out on content. She often discusses lectures with her peers as a strategy to catch up on information. She chose X’s lecture as her peers recommended them but finds them a lonely experience. She understands much of what is being said but there are parts of the lecture when she doesn’t understand the relevance of what is being said, and when she loses track finds it difficult to re-engage.”

Before the lecture

  • Lecture notes should be available in advance on CANVAS. Make sure and read these before the lecture to become familiar with new ideas and vocabulary. Have a look at the presentation slides for further information.
  • Write down any questions you have, you could always share these questions with other students or with your FoCI contact tutor.

During the lecture

  • Listening in lectures requires high levels of concentration for all students. Only makes notes as you feel necessary. If notes and the powerpoint slides are on CANVAS, you should only need to note down key ideas or names. Do you take notes at the cinema? Sometimes it is a good idea not to take notes and to instead concentrate on listening.
    lecture at Reid

    Reid Lecture Theatre (https://www.bing.com/images [2/7/18])

  • Look out for signposting in the lecture, phrases like “Firstly I will introduce…”, “the next section of the lecture will…”, or “to summarise…”. These are opportunities to focus and reengage if you have lost track of what is being said.
  • Audio record lectures for further study.

After the lecture

  • Review notes and audio recording, create a research log of the key ideas.
  • Discuss lecture with fellow students.
  • Write down questions for further study and research.
  • Visit your FoCI contact tutor to discuss questions you may have and to make plans for any written assignments.
  • Review the lecture slides and discuss at the weekly Speaking your Mind Group.


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