Your alarm clock rings, and you sleepily look out the window. It’s still dark and to make matters worse it’s still raining. Your lecture will start soon. I bet there’s nothing you’d rather do than turn off the alarm and go back to sleep. Even if it’s difficult for you: Get off your bed and get on your socks! I’ll show you why it’s worth attending the lecture!
You Really Deal With The Lecture Material!
“What the lecturer tells in 1.5 hours, I can easily work out in an hour at home.” How often have I caught myself thinking this? Admittedly, there are certainly individual lectures to which this applies. But in most cases, the following happens: I stay at home and do everything possible except work out the material of the lecture. So, I’m not saving time, I’m wasting it. Of course, my weaker self makes it difficult for me to go to the lecture. But once that is overcome, everything else is easy. From my own experience I can say that getting out of bed is a small step for you, but a big step for your success in your studiesv.
You Have Fewer Knowledge Gaps!
There is another scenario that occurs when I stay at home: I actually sit motivated in front of the lecture slides or a book chapter but have difficulties understanding the key points or illustrations. I’m missing connections and I have to look up a number of technical terms. At first glance, the slides or the book chapter may seem understandable. In fact, I understand the material much better when it is explained to me. There is significantly less ambiguity. If I have a question, I just ask it. If my lecturer doesn’t have time to answer them, I ask my fellow students. This way, the desired aha effect sets in much faster and I don’t sit helplessly in front of the lecture slides.
You Remember More!
Perceptual channels are ways of absorbing information. You process the plain fabric mainly via five perception channels: reading, seeing, hearing, speaking, and acting. Every student has different preferences for using the different channels and is more or less effective with their learning. However, research has found average retention performance through these channels. For example, if you only read the subject matter, you will retain about 10% of the information. By listening you remember at least 20%. In the lecture, you combine three channels. You look at the slides with the key points and illustrations and absorb what your lecturer says. Your retention rate is therefore already at 50%. Basically, the following applies: The more senses are involved in learning, the better you can remember the material.
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You Won’t Miss Any Important Announcements
What else speaks for the lecture? Clearly: You take note of the marginal notes of your lecturer. “This is not relevant to the exam” – four words that make every student’s heartbeat faster. Yours too! Assuming you heard the words too! Investing time and nerves uselessly – it doesn’t have to be. When you attend the lectures, you quickly notice which aspects your lecturer attaches particular importance to and which priorities he sets. Many lecturers also give tips on further reading or inform you about interesting events. Last but not least, it may also be the case that the content of individual sessions is voted on in the lecture. Attend the lecture and use your voice.
You Won’t Miss Any Exciting Discussions And Stories!
In some lectures, critical questioning is desired, and the lecturer promotes discourse. This is the opportunity to exchange ideas with your lecturer and your fellow students and to examine the topic from different perspectives. There are also some lecturers who like to talk about their personal experiences. A lecture is not only worthwhile in terms of content but can also be very entertaining.
You Spend Time With Your Fellow Students!
Something that always motivates me to attend lectures in the presence of my fellow students. Before and after the lecture you can exchange wonderful ideas. It is often a good idea to go to the canteen together or to meet up in the evening. So instead of sitting alone at your desk, go to class and study with friends.