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Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials

  • Planning (before lectures)

    Read around the lecture:

    • Is there a reading list?
    • Identify themes, issues and topics.
    • Look up any words you are not familiar with.
    • Write down any questions you would like to ask.
  • Planning (before seminars and tutorials)

    Is there anything you need to prepare for your seminar/tutorial?

    • Identify themes, issues and topics.
    • Look up any words you are not familiar with.
    • Make notes of anything you would like to raise.

    For tutorials, make sure you have something to show or say about your work. This might involve:

    • Sketchbooks, storyboards, models or research materials.
    • Technical issues that need to be considered.
    • Contextualising your work.
    • Ideas to move your work on.

    Always write down any questions you would like to ask.

  • At lectures, seminars and tutorials

    Always turn up for lectures, seminars and tutorials on time.

    Take an active role in the process:

    • Be prepared to contribute and ask questions.
    • Have confidence in your own point of view.
    • Listen to other people's points of view.
    • Weigh up the arguments objectively.
    • Clarify anything you are unsure of.
    • At seminars and tutorials, write down any comments (making sure you note the positive as well as the negative feedback).
  • Strategies

    Listen for clues which will signpost the introduction of key ideas, for example, 'the main points are...', 'this was because...'

  • Note taking
    • Find a format that suits you.
    • Notes do not have to be linear, you could use mindmaps or spider diagrams.
    • If there are handouts, you could make notes directly onto these - this keeps all the information together.
    • Use your own abbreviations or shorthand.
    • Keep your notes brief (use summaries and questions).
    • Use key words, headings and sub-headings.
    • You may find underlining and colour coding helpful.
    • Remember you will need to be able to reread and understand your notes at a later date.
    • Always take notes in your own words.
    • Leave space so that you can annotate your notes later, for example, write on one side of the paper.
  • After lectures, seminars and tutorials

    Move your work on by:

    • Reviewing and reflecting on your notes.
    • Noting down new ideas or questions that arise.
    • Making links between information you already have and the new information you have acquired.
    • Following up any leads or lines of research that arose at the tutorial/seminar.
  • Organisation
    • Organise your notes and handouts so that you can access them easily.
    • Number the pages of loose leaf notes.
    • Keep full bibliographic details on all notes you make to supplement your lecture/seminar/tutorial notes.

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