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Preparing for lectures

To prepare for a lecture, check out the:

  • Course outline - See how this lecture fits within the whole series. The course outline will also indicate what references you should be reading next.
  • Assigned readings - Read (or at least skim) the recommended readings before the lecture. If you are really pressed for time, get an overview: title, headings, topic sentences. This will give you an idea of the likely content and key issues of the lecture. Try to have questions about the readings in your mind before the lecture.
  • Previous lecture notes - Re-read old notes before the lecture. They can provide context and continuity.

Look up key words of the lecture topic in a dictionary. Learn to recognise the pronunciation when a key word is used in the lecture.

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