Listening effectively is the first step in digesting useful information while in class. Although we listen to something every day, listening effectively is something that very few of us do. It is important to develop ways to consistently make you an effective listener.
Complete reading assignments and all other homework before class. Arrive a few minutes early, and then review your notes.
- Minimize distractions
Sit where you can see well and won’t be distracted by classmates.
Set aside other concerns so you may devote full attention to the lecture
- Keep an open mind
Listen for content; don’t make judgments during the lecture or let personal opinions about the instructor interfere with listening.
- Ask Questions
Clarify points you don’t understand by asking questions. The speaker will typically rephrase the information.
- Request information be repeated
If you miss a part of the lecture, ask the speaker to repeat the information.
- Ask for definitions
If you don’t understand a word, have the speaker define it. Ask the speaker to write the word on the board so you can see it.
- Be active
Be attentive by looking at the speaker and take notes on what is being said.