Learning from Lectures


A lot of important information will be given to you in the form of lectures so you need to develop the skills to get the most out of your learning experience.

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Before the lecture

Make sure you know what the lecture is going to be about!

  • Access the module information on LearningSpace. Do some pre-reading and any tasks you have been set so that you have some background knowledge
  • Review the material covered in any previous lectures on this topic
  • Make sure you have either a mobile device, laptop, tablet etc. or a good old  pen and a notebook to make notes.
  • Arrive in good time
  • If possible, get a copy of your lecturer’s hand-outs from LearningSpace  beforehand – print or download them, then you can annotate them during the lecture

During the lecture

  • Try to listen actively otherwise you will soon stop concentrating.
  • Note the title of the lecture, the name of the course and the date.
  • Listen carefully to the introduction and make a note of the main points to be covered
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions at the end


Taking effective notes is the key to getting the most out of lectures.

  • Don’t try and write down everything – be brief
  • Note down the points that the lecturer stresses or repeats
  • Listen out for signals such as ‘The most important thing to remember is…’
  • Leave space so you can review and expand your notes
  • Listen to the end of the lecture carefully. The lecturer may give a summary – make
  • notes of the main points and listen out for recommendations for further reading.
  • Try to write neatly and legibly
  • Use colour to highlight key points and to divide subject areas
  • Develop alternative note-making strategies such as mind maps

After the lecture

The sooner and more often you review your notes the better.

  • Revise and expand your notes.
  • Compare your notes with other students. Fill in the gaps and/or identify any misunderstandings
  • Make a note of any queries and ask your tutor for help
  • Use colour to highlight key areas.
  • File your notes away carefully
  • When you have a few spare minutes, look back over your notes

Web links:

If a student has successfully online enrolled then their study timetables can be access via these steps:

  • Go to the Main University Website .
  • Scroll down to the very bottom of the page.
  • There you will find a black tab with a link entitled “Staff & Students” in the far right hand corner.
  • Click “Staff & Students”.
  • Clicking that will present you with a red bar. Click the link called “Learning Space”.
  • You will then be taken to Learning Space (your virtual learning environment that you will use on a regular basis as a student).
  • Log in using your username/password log in (the one that allowed you to online enrol).
  • Once logged in click the tab on the top right hand corner called “My Marjon” and scroll down to the “My Timetable” option and click.
  • You will then be able to access your study timetable.

* Please note that the creation of new timetables is a lengthy process and therefore some courses will not be able to view their timetables yet. If your timetable appears blank, do not panic. Students whose timetables are not currently ready will be by 5 days before the start of their course*

In addition, if you are confident that you have successfully online enrolled, as well as registered, and can still not log into Learning Space to access your timetable, please email LSHelp@marjon.ac.uk.