Listening - in Lectures, Talks and Presentations
Different lecturers have different styles which will require adapting different strategies to cope with, as discussed in ‘The Smarter Student’ (McMillan et al., 2006, pg 105-6) – it’s worth a read.
It's tempting to write down everything that your lecturer is saying, but try to listen as much as possible and just note down key words and phrases.
- Sit in a good place that enables you to hear the lecturer and be away from distractions.
- Prepare yourself by doing the reading for the lecture beforehand.
- Don’t be tempted to write down every word that the lecturer is saying, try to listen as much as possible.
- If you want to ask a question, go for it! Lots of other people are probably thinking the same thing but no one likes to ask.
Ponder on some of these questions from ‘The Study Skills Handbook’ (Cottrell, 2003, p100):
- Do you take in what other people say?
- Do you give other people room to speak?
- Do you let other people finish before you start?
- Do you use encouraging non verbal signals?
- Do you ‘switch off’ when bored or if you dislike the person?
Here are some top tips for better listening skills (Cottrell, 2003, p 100):
- Consider the speaker’s feelings
- Find ways of encouraging them
- Focus on the content – think of some way this could be of value to you
- Listen for key words and write them down
- Think of a question you could ask (when they have finished speaking)
- Link what they are saying with something you already know
- Find one positive comment you could contribute
Course Work Grades explained
- 70%-100%: First Class
- 60 %-69%: Upper Second Class
- 50%-59%: Lower Second Class
- 40%-49%: Third Class
- 0%-39%: Fail