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just wonderin coz im thinkin of goin but i find it really hard when the teachers tell us to make notes as they speak coz i cant keep up. also all my notes get messy and i dont know whats what
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just wonderin coz im thinkin of goin but i find it really hard when the teachers tell us to make notes as they speak coz i cant keep up. also all my notes get messy and i dont know whats what
lectures never get to know you, at least in the first year, cos theres so many of us. They don't SPOON FEED YOU unlike in school. Its up to you, as uni is not a teaching enviroment, but a learning one. If your struggling with taking notes, then you should get more practise, as you need to be profcient in note taking, especailly if you do social science subjects.

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just wonderin coz im thinkin of goin but i find it really hard when the teachers tell us to make notes as they speak coz i cant keep up. also all my notes get messy and i dont know whats what
What are you wanting to study? OUr maths lectures consist of copying down word for word the notes which the lecture writes on the board and discusses as they're writing. I get the impression they don't think maths students have such fantastic english skills and need helping along a bit!
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lectures never get to know you, at least in the first year, cos theres so many of us. They don't SPOON FEED YOU unlike in school. Its up to you, as uni is not a teaching enviroment, but a learning one. If your struggling with taking notes, then you should get more practise, as you need to be profcient in note taking, especailly if you do social science subjects.

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yeah thanx its sort of half and half at college, like they tell u wot to write sometimes but other times u have to make notes so i suppose its similar
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What are you wanting to study? OUr maths lectures consist of copying down word for word the notes which the lecture writes on the board and discusses as they're writing. I get the impression they don't think maths students have such fantastic english skills and need helping along a bit!
i wanted to do physio or sports after a gap year coz im in a2 year now. i suppose youll be expected to take notes wiv this degree. by the way what grades do ya need for physio
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i wanted to do physio or sports after a gap year coz im in a2 year now. i suppose youll be expected to take notes wiv this degree. by the way what grades do ya need for physio
I'd guess you'd be needing to take notes, may you should make friends with someone really good at note taking in the first few weeks and copy them for the rest of the course! Sorry thats not really very helpful!
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Lectures depend on your lecturer. Some I fall asleep in within 5 seconds, some keep me enthralled with the world of maths. Depends..

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If it makes you feel any better I took a grand total of around 80 A4 pages of notes during my entire 4 yrs at uni - about 20 pages a yr(admittedly plus a fair amount of annotated handouts/diagrams).
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If it makes you feel any better I took a grand total of around 80 A4 pages of notes during my entire 4 yrs at uni - about 20 pages a yr(admittedly plus a fair amount of annotated handouts/diagrams).
thats ok if uve got a good memory and u understand lol
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thats ok if uve got a good memory and u understand lol
I find I understand far more if I'm not distracted by trying to write down word for word what is being explained.

More and more lecturers provide handouts/lecture notes which include the basics of the lecture for you to add on any additional info through the course of the lecture.
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i thought some lecturers produce notes of the lecture that go up on the department website? not sure of this tho.....

i was thinking for when i go to uni to buy one of those small voice recorders with the tiny tapes in....to record the lecture for later if i find my notes a bit lacking...dunno if this would work.
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they give us notes on paper and web
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i thought some lecturers produce notes of the lecture that go up on the department website? not sure of this tho.....

i was thinking for when i go to uni to buy one of those small voice recorders with the tiny tapes in....to record the lecture for later if i find my notes a bit lacking...dunno if this would work.
It can work - but in from the people I know who've tried it it doesn't. A lot of lecturers will refuse to allow them and the temptation to depend solely on a fuzzy monologue without notes is surprisingly strong. I've known too many people who've started revision only to find that they have an entire semesters worth of notes to transcribe before they can even begin trying to learn it.

And handouts/prewritten notes are usually far from comprehensive - better than nothing and a decent starting point but not worth relying on solely.
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my lectures all vary because there are not very many people doing spanish (about 70) and only about 7 in my portuguese class. Every week i get 2 spanish literature/history lectures which are just the lecturer talking at us. We've had different lectures every 2 weeks so they can concentrate on their specialisms so i've seen 4 different teachers so far and 4 very different styles. My other lessons are more like school. because there are so few people doing portuguese you have to put in a lot of individual effort and its the only lesson where i've got a teacher that knows me quite well becasue we have one teacher for all parts of language learning wheras spanish is split into listening, speaking etc. The spanish language classes range from about 20 for grammer, literature seminars and listening to 10 for language and translation and 8 for oral classes.

So in reality its hard to say what lectures are like because all of mine vary and languages are probably different from other subjects becasue there are small groups and there is lots of teaching as well as individual research.
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our lecturer walks in writes on the boar for an hour then leaves.

thats it. no talking, nothing- just copy it all down.

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just wonderin coz im thinkin of goin but i find it really hard when the teachers tell us to make notes as they speak coz i cant keep up. also all my notes get messy and i dont know whats what
http://members.aol.com/hiver109/SimpsonsCollege.WMV

There's a lecture in this video.
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http://members.aol.com/hiver109/SimpsonsCollege.WMV

There's a lecture in this video.
ok thanx : :cool:
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It can work - but in from the people I know who've tried it it doesn't. A lot of lecturers will refuse to allow them and the temptation to depend solely on a fuzzy monologue without notes is surprisingly strong. I've known too many people who've started revision only to find that they have an entire semesters worth of notes to transcribe before they can even begin trying to learn it.

And handouts/prewritten notes are usually far from comprehensive - better than nothing and a decent starting point but not worth relying on solely.
yeah i wasnt planning to depend on it but to use them as a backup, if my notes went missing or something horrible, or just to remember that useful idea from a lecture that hadnt been transcribed to my notes very well.

i'll prob buy one and see how it goes....
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I can only talk from personal experience. But on my course (Economics) here at the University of Manchester, all the lectures are based on a PowerPoint presentation, eg the lecturer talking in detail about things he or she has outlined on slides beind projected behind them.

What most of us do, is get the slides before hand from the course website and simply annotate them throughout the lecture. It is a good system that works well. There is not so much to write, that we can't follow the lecturer and keep up.
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