The UR Student’s Guide to Lecture Preparation

Everyone knows there’s nothing more important than paying attention to morning classes. Often teeming with vats of knowledge that your brain begs to sink into, these lectures are essential to your success as a student. Recordings and uploaded PowerPoints that literally cover everything mentioned in class just don’t have the same charm, and like every other dedicated student at UR, you open your eyes in the morning for the sole purpose of attend a conference.

But how do you really prepare for the experience that is – gasp – lecture? Not something to be taken lightly, of course, but how do you really get the full experience?

As with many things in life, it’s about being prepared. Even though the amphitheater is a reasonable walking distance from your accommodation, you really shouldn’t start your journey to class until there are five minutes left before the start of the lecture. Leaving right at the start of class? Even better. There’s nothing like some fresh adrenaline to start your day and the sense of satisfaction you get from stomping into a nearly empty auditorium, because you’re not like the slackers who don’t show up. . No, you’re better, because you came to class and you give the teacher more time to prepare.

After you make your grand entrance, be sure to select the ideal place to sit, preferably the middle section at the back. The immaculate surround sound system installed in the room allows you to hear every word spoken, so much so that you can easily view what is being taught by simply closing your eyes and resting your head on your very sturdy and spacious makeshift desk.

Once you’re done visualizing, it’s probably time to break out the old laptop, iPad, and phone combo. The laptop is great for taking notes, while the iPad displays lecture slides to make sure you don’t have to take too many notes. And of course, the phone is always important to respond to all the urgent messages that seem to have poured in from the start of the conference.

You also have not one, not two, but three devices perfect for keeping track of time. You never want to be caught off guard when class ends because you have to be the first person down the steps to ask the professor your outstanding questions about the class. Sometimes your feet lead you up the stairs and out the door instead of towards the teacher, but that’s okay! Dedicated students deserve to take breaks once in a while…or every day.

To be the model student who embodies our beloved Meliora values, there’s honestly only one thing that really matters anyway: showing up. Also, being the spectacular scholar that you are, you don’t need the course as much as it needs you. Without an audience, can a lecture even be called a lecture? So your graceful appearance is truly an act of charity on your part, allowing you to treat the conference as a break from your rigorous schedule.

Feel free to follow that show you haven’t seen since last night or respond to important text messages that just aren’t the same over the phone. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, try finishing an entire movie. A brave CHEM 132 student attempted to start and finish “The Jungle Book” just a few weeks ago, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t follow in his footsteps.

In the end, only you know not just what kind of student you are, but what kind of person you are. Make the effort to immerse yourself in your lectures using the guide above, and never forget to always be better.

Angela C. Hale