How to Learn in Class Effectively
While most courses come with home-based options these days, especially for busy adult learners, some Institutes of Higher Learning and course providers are still holding physical classes. This may be because they don’t have the resources to go digital, or the course itself may require hands-on help and experience.
Whatever the case, here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your physical classes:
- Take notes
Even though you CAN record the lecture with your smartphone and play it back later, that doesn’t mean you should. Taking physical notes will not only keep you more engaged during class, but will also the knowledge stick in your brain.
- Stay organised
Your study desk should only have your materials, stationery and maybe some blank paper for note-taking. It should not have sweets, your handphone, your music player, your plush toy… or anything not involved in studying! Keep your desk clean and tidy and you’ll focus better
- Don’t multitask
Many people think they can multitask effectively. Studies have shown this is unlikely. When you multitask, you are actually dividing your attention between to subjects, and hence, properly focusing on neither.
This is especially true if you’re in class and you should be paying attention to that class and nothing else. Mute your handphone, close your tabs, and listen to whoever’s speaking!
- Find a study group
Sitting down with a group of people who are learning the same things as you is a great way to learn together. You can quiz each other, reteach material, and make sure that everyone is on the same page. It has been shown that teaching someone else is the one of the best ways to learn, so capitalise on it!
- Ask questions
If you don’t understand something, ask about it! You're in school to learn, so don't be afraid to do just that! Asking for help - from a teacher, a tutor or your friends - is a surefire way to make sure you truly understand the material.
Now you know how to make sure your next class goes well, and you fully absorb everything it has to offer. Study smart, not hard!