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    Go to 100% of lectures, attempt taking all the notes you can, even if you're given handouts, annotating them is so useful for later revision (in multicolours ), and sometimes, you will find yourself nodding off in the most boring ones to you
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    (Original post by David B)
    I see, what did you get in each year?
    Still awaiting my overall year mark for first year, but I got As (90+) overall for both semesters exams :yy: My assignments ranged from Cs (70+) to As.


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    (Original post by TheGrinningSkull)
    Go to 100% of lectures, attempt taking all the notes you can, even if you're given handouts, annotating them is so useful for later revision (in multicolours ), and sometimes, you will find yourself nodding off in the most boring ones to you
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    Still awaiting my overall year mark for first year, but I got As (90+) overall for both semesters exams :yy: My assignments ranged from Cs (70+) to As.


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    When you take notes are you able to keep up with the lecture and not fall behind. I keeping that when I go and take notes I'll take so long writing them they'd have already moved on.
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    (Original post by David B)
    When you take notes are you able to keep up with the lecture and not fall behind. I keeping that when I go and take notes I'll take so long writing them they'd have already moved on.
    This is why I don't really take notes in lectures. I used to try and take notes but I never used them afterwards so stopped as it was a complete waste of time. Understand material as it is delivered, review slides same day or next, and make notes then with a textbook to help is the best way to go. If you don't have access to slides, focus on jotting down the key learning areas to guide your reading.


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    (Original post by David B)
    When you take notes are you able to keep up with the lecture and not fall behind. I keeping that when I go and take notes I'll take so long writing them they'd have already moved on.
    It depends on your course, usually in engineering we're either given the handouts or slides, in which case I just annotate them heavily, but if they start writing themselves on screen or the board, then copy everything (which is what I meant by note), but your own notes can be done later at home.

    Basically just annotate and listen
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    It really depended for me, in my chemistry lectures (which made up like 70% of my course ) I had to pay attention throughout out the whole thing...and I'd still usually feel lost. I'd literally write all over the slides trying to keep up.

    As for my more biological lectures like anatomy, I'd pay attention but if I zoned out or glazed over it would be alright because they're much easier to read up about and revise without lecture notes (or at least for me it worked that way)
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    (Original post by Asklepios)
    This is why I don't really take notes in lectures. I used to try and take notes but I never used them afterwards so stopped as it was a complete waste of time. Understand material as it is delivered, review slides same day or next, and make notes then with a textbook to help is the best way to go. If you don't have access to slides, focus on jotting down the key learning areas to guide your reading.


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    Excellent stuff I'll also be starting med and I hope I won't have to write down lecture notes all the time!
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    I am quite surprised at the low rate of attention and even non attendance. If i had been granted the privilege to attend a good quality well respected University to study something worthwhile, i can guarantee i would be up,dressed and ready to attend all lectures and give it my best attention.
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    (Original post by David B)
    Would you all say you're doing quite well in your subjects? What grades have you achieved so far?
    For first year I don't know my over all grade but ruffly I worked it out to be over 65% but below 70%


    Its not that I'm doing NO work but my attention spam is ridiculous. But if its a topic thats 100% new to me so nothing we touched upon during A level my attention goes up to about 60%.
    Its not like in school where they force you to pay attention.
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    Anybody trying to study should also take courses online, because it is a way of training self discipline. It is really important to have a level of discipline and responsibility when it comes to yourself. Try English courses online because it's "attention span". These little mistakes are grave errors. Always try to be as literate as possible. Building knowledge base outside of given curriculum, that is if you are still in the university, is a healthy way to train the brain. Think of it as a muscle. Lessons online at khanacademy and coursera can really help.
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    In my foundation year; not an awful lot if I'm honest. I know I should have put more effort into my lecture but hey what you can do?

    I will be putting more effort next year though as it's the start of my degree and I want to do well as I'm aiming for a 2:1 as my final classification but first I need to know whether I got a place I did get an email from the Student Living people saying 'Congratulations on getting a firm place at University of Derby...' That must mean I've got in right?


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    (Original post by David B)
    I'm starting university this September and I was wondering how much you usually pay attention in lectures? 100% of the time? 50% of the time?

    Also do you take notes while in lecture?

    I would try and pay attention 100% of the time but occasionally it was ridiculously tough. I'd say with most lectures it was 95-100% but a few it dropped off massively due to their teachign style. a few would jsut read off the lecture slides adding in nothing so i fell asleep once. :lol:

    Notes depends on the lecturer. If a Chalk and talk then definitely.
    If powerpoint then i try and print them before the lecture and add a few small notes to each one.
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    depends completely on the lecturer.
    and who i'm sat next too.
    if you're boring and i'm sat next to someone i like??
    very little attention at all.

    in boring lectures i usually pass the time by writing notes to people and passing the same bit of paper back and forth to have a covert convo. first one to make the other laugh wins.
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    Why bother going if you're not going to pay attention? I would concentrate the whole way through, otherwise there's a chance of missing important stuff
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    (Original post by Mick.w)
    depends completely on the lecturer.
    and who i'm sat next too.
    if you're boring and i'm sat next to someone i like??
    very little attention at all.

    in boring lectures i usually pass the time by writing notes to people and passing the same bit of paper back and forth to have a covert convo. first one to make the other laugh wins.
    Why does it matter what type of person you are sitting next to in a lecture? You are there to learn not socialise.


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    (Original post by Antifazian)
    Why bother going if you're not going to pay attention? I would concentrate the whole way through, otherwise there's a chance of missing important stuff
    That's easier said than done. I want to learn but at the same time, I can find it easy to get distracted!


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    (Original post by simplylldxo)
    Why does it matter what type of person you are sitting next to in a lecture? You are there to learn not socialise.


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    i think you've missed the point. the idea is if you're bored and can't bare giving you're full attention. half the time the lecturers suck. i've asked a few questions they couldnt answer.

    you'll have 4 good lecturers at uni if you're lucky. the rest won't be much better than a graduate. with the bad lecturers you're better just taking note of the books, hand outs and all other written down materials. you'll get better grades if you focus on learning how to pass rather than genuinely enjoy the subject and learn.

    otherwise the only reason to attend is to just keep up to date with deadlines and such.
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    We have all our lecture slides printed out so I just usually listen along and annotate/add things the lecturer says to them.

    Depending on the time of day, how busy I was throughout the day, what I was doing last night etc determines how often I fall asleep in lectures >.>
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    (Original post by simplylldxo)
    That's easier said than done. I want to learn but at the same time, I can find it easy to get distracted!


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    what by, though? Lecture halls are such boring buildings haha
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    (Original post by Asklepios)
    Try for 100%, but obviously that's not easy! I study medicine - for the science lectures, I pay proper attention maybe 80-90% of the time. However for the 'health, ethics and society' module we have, like 10% lol.
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    We have all our lecture slides printed out so I just usually listen along and annotate/add things the lecturer says to them.

    Depending on the time of day, how busy I was throughout the day, what I was doing last night etc determines how often I fall asleep in lectures >.>
    Basically what these guys said. Although no matter how much attention you pay, and how many notes or lovely little annotations you make, if you don't review the material the same day/soon afterwards, you WILL forget everything :lol:
 
 
 
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