Learning Development Service
Student Guidance Centre
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3618
Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Evening and Skype appointments are available upon request.
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1. Become an Effective Listener
In order to be an ‘effective’ listener you need to be an 'active listener'. Very often this can be difficult in a lecture hall, for example you may have interruptions from your peers, you may not be comfortable in the lecture theatre, or you may find the delivery of the speaker too boring. Regardless of the difficulties faced, you need to develop techniques to overcome your difficulties with listening. You have a personal responsibility to yourself to become an effective listener in order to learn at University.
Some techniques you may need to develop to help you listen effectively:
- Focus on what is being said
- Listen for key points
- Remove Distractions
- Be Patient
Once you are able to develop these techniques in the lecture, you will be in a stronger position to take notes.(see section: '2 .Decide on what to record'.)