Studying Effectively
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It is important to attend lectures and access the material presented at these as missing the content of lectures can affect successful studying. Lectures are usually the place in the curriculum where the key principles, concepts and knowledge base of the topic will be presented to students. Lecturers seek to give students a clear overview of their subjects and students gain an insight into the breadth and depth of study that will be expected of them in assessments.

It is also important that you go to lectures with the attitude that you want to learn and you intend to focus, engage and aim to understand what is being said to you. This active listening approach will help your studies enormously. 

Hear from students and staff

Learning from lecturers

"I view lectures very much as a road map ... The lecturer is going to give you some destinations, some suggested routes to get there but it's really up to you to get the guide books, the text books, out of the library ..."


Approaching your first lecture at Nottingham.

Going to lectures (different lecturers have different styles and keeping up with reading)

"The thing is; a lot of lecturers have different styles, so how you have to respond in a lecture will vary significantly. Some people will have hand-outs ..."



Attending lectures - small number of teaching hours

"How did you approach attending lectures and what did you do in lectures?"

"Firstly I tried to attend all the lectures ... "


Going to a lecture

Going to your first lecture 

Further reading

Being organised



People who can help

Talk to someone in your school or a specialist support service


People who can help

Talk to someone in your school or a specialist support service


Studying Effectively

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