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College Survival Guide: Lecture Hall Strategies

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Do you enjoy listening attentively and patiently to subject matter experts to learn new and challenging subjects? Do you like discussion groups and asking lots of questions to extract auditory meaning? If you relate to this way of taking in and processing information, you are in 8 – 10% of the population. You will likely do well in most traditional learning environments and in careers involving listening and making sense of language.

If you prefer a combination of hands-on and visual learning, you probably experience frustration and agitation during lectures with limited things to physically do and look at. When Auditory is your least preferred learning pathway, you may feel stress and agitation, or zone out in lecture situations.

The good news is that Kinesthetic and Visual learners can adapt and be more resourceful in Auditory learning situations in school, work and personal situations. Try these simple strategies:

  1. Identify a classmate, friend or co-worker who is a great listener and note taker. Ask for the opportunity to exchange notes.
  2. Record (with permission) lectures, meetings and teleconferences. Play back later and make notes of key points.
  3. Close your eyes to remove visual distractions so you can listen deeply.
  4. Do something physical while listening like tapping your leg, squeezing a small ball or pacing about. Kinesthetic activities help you lock-in and remember what you heard.
  5. Take notes using key points, doodles and mind maps. Try retracing your doodles. You may discover an internal “playback” of what was said.
  6. Imagine yourself as a police scanner radio, oscillating back and forth between these channels:

Auditory – Visual: “What sounds and looks important here?”
Auditory – Kinesthetic: “What sounds and feels important here?”

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