Saturday, 31 May 2014

1. How I made lectures work in my favour

As you may have assumed, I am a student. What you might not know is that I'm doing a B.com Accounting course in hope to be a chartered accountant. I do not find the course easy at all. I think a lot of my fellow students would agree with me when I say this course requires hard work, dedication and that it's not for the faint-hearted.


Textbooks
Why is that? Well, I've reached a level where 4, 5 or more new chapters are covered every single week throughout the whole semester - depending on the course outlines for the semester/year. Considering how thick the textbooks we use are, the length and complexity of the chapters; you can imagine the fast pace at which we're required to learn.


Legislation and Standards Handbooks
Lecturers have always mentioned pre-reading- something I had rarely attempted to do until recently...well until 3 months ago. It was challenging because it was my first time doing it and I had to figure out ways to pre-read 4/5 chapters effectively and early enough before the lectures.





Now, I discovered some things during those few months:
1. Pre-reading helped me follow the lecture and not get lost
2. Not being lost increased my chances of being able to comprehend what the lecturer said

3. Being able to comprehend what was being lectured meant I was listening attentively

4. Listening attentively made me aware of - and not miss out on - some important points that the lecturer raised; points that were not be in the textbook

5. Completing the class exercises done during the lecture with the lecturer helped to save all that time I would have used in trying to figure out how to do the exercise on my own; which would be the case If I left the exercises for my study time. Moreover, doing the exercises during the lecture helped to get questions answered there and then when I had questions on the exercises.



See how lectures can work in our favor? I've realized that I cannot afford to procrastinate the understanding of the coursework until test and exam period. Being stressed and cramming during the exam period - it does not work for me. Besides that, I realize that I am studying material that will be implemented when in the working world. I cannot afford to cram information that will be temporarily stored in my mind; information that I will have to study again because of having forgotten it.

So, what works for you, worked for you, or think might work when it comes to making use of lectures effectively and eliminating procrastination of understanding coursework? Feel free to share on the comments section below.

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Well that's it from me...for now :D. Thanks so much for your time and consideration.
Till next time :).


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