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Getting the Most from LecturesMuch of the information you need to know in college classes is given in lectures. One of the maindifferences between learning from texts and learning from lectures is that in lectures, the professorcontrols the pace. You usually do not have the ability to pause the professor, go back, or slow down, likeyou do when reading or learning independently. Because lectures are such a unique way to learn andsuch a crucial key to success, it is important to use effective strategies to maximize your attention duringlectures and your retention after lectures. Whether your professor stands behind a podium and reads offof a PowerPoint or leads a class discussion, try some of these effective strategies to ensure you get themost out of lecture-based learning.Before classRead assignments and do problems before class, not after. Don’t be fooled by the common myth that it’snot necessary to read before class if your professor goes over the material in class. Reading the materialfirst primes your short-term memory such that the information you learn in lecture is easier toremember because a) it’s connecting to something you already know and b) repetition is often importantfor effective learning. By reading before class, you can make better connections between the text and

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