Top ten ways to listen to boring lectures

Being prepared to listen
Dallon Knight, College Junior
University of Alaska Fairbanks, United States

One of the best ways I have found to listen is to be prepared. If you have had a chance to read the book, then you can have questions. As you look for the answers to your questions you will be paying attention and learning.

Listening Tips
Letha shook, College Sophomore
Chemeketa Communty college, Salem, Oregon

I thought that this had some very useful information. The information that is listed in this site is stuff that I never thought that I was using wrong. I thought that I had been taking lecture notes the right way. So apparently I have been listning to the lectures wrong. I will be watching how I listen in lectures more now.

HS Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

This website gave 10 great tips on how to stay focused and get important information out of the most boring of lectures. Often times I would find my self day dreaming during boring lectures but after following a few of these tips I found that even boring lectures are full of important information.

Boring lectures
Amparo Marshall
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon

After reading this piece of information, I have discovered I am a poor listener. That is a bit surprising as I have always thought I was a good listener! This article really shed some light into my listening skills. This is a really good article!

Top 10 Tips to listening
Jose Macias , College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College , Salem, OR

When we humans don't find something of our interest, we stop listening and paying attention. That's why many students have trouble learning. When I read this article I found some great easy and simple tips you can use to help you overcome this obstacle and do better academically or professionally. These great tips help you to improve your listening skills and teach ways to stay focused and process material for better learning.

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Maribel Barocio
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

This article is very helpful, especially for first year students. College has a lot more listening factors than anything else, so this article can come in handy. Also, it gives students an opportunity to see if they are good or poor listener and gives them ways to improve their listening skills which is great.

Top ten ways to listening to boring lectures
mikalah, College Freshman
Ultimate medical academy, Tampa, Florida

I found this to be a good topic because growing up I've always had trouble listening consistently when someone was lecturing. These ten ways are something new for me to try and i will definitely be giving them a try !

Good Listening
Melody Bennett, College Freshman
Ultimate Medical Acadamy, Tampa, Florida

I struggle with following when listening to a speaker. Often I can't keep up with taking notes and that frustrates me. I believe that if I identify the big ideas this will help me. Also, I will definitely look into understanding the difference between the speed of speaking and the speed of thinking.

Choose to find the Subject useful
Liberty Long, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

I honestly never thought of it this way, choosing to find something interesting or viewing it as a way to expand your knowledge. I found it helpful that they gave me a new perspective on the "boring" topic.

Terra Mullings, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

This web site discusses listening effectively to a boring lecture. One of the tips they discuss is to adjust your note taking system which I have always done but have never heard anyone offer as a solution to boring lectures. I believe that while all of one's note taking strategies should have similarities so that it is easy to remember and understand what you have written. Changing it up has always allowed me to tailor my notes to each teacher/speaker's differentiating lecture techniques. I was surprised and pleased to find someone giving that advice that I had already found to be true.

Boring Lectures
Kelly Billings, College Freshman
Chemecketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

Taking the boring out of lectures. I like the way they find the positive aspects of listening to a lecture to stay focused. Shifting how you take notes to follow the lecture is not something I had thought about, but it's a good idea. Number eight was enlightening, not letting personal emotions block information. Very helpful.

Listening Site Review
Gabrielle Ralls, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

I got a lot of valuable information from this site. I also learned a new fact from this site, "We think at about 400 words per minute. That's four times faster than most speakers can talk." I'm going to work on memorizing these 10 ways to listen to boring lectures.

Great site
Rabecca Moreno
Chemeketa Community College , Salem Oregon

This was a very interesting site to read. There are ten different ways to listen to boring lectures and the layout was a little different as well. It stated the two ways people listen to different things. The two ways were poor listeners and effective listeners. So, it was a good site to read if you have problems listening to boring lectures.

How to focus
Kristy Phillips, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

This article helps you identify ways to help focus when listening and gaining important information and deciphering what information is not pertinent. There are times when listening to someone speak we will lose focus because the speaker is unable to hold our attention. This article helps put listening to boring speaker into perspective.

Boring Lectures
Susan Lane
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

I found this website to be very beneficial and provide great information about tips on how to an effective listener in boring lectures. Some of the classes that students are required to take are not something they enjoy or just flat out hate. With that they do not take in the information that they need to pass the course.

This website lists 10 steps on how to become that effective listener instead of the poor listener. It states to get to know your professor personally, aggressively tackle difficult material, and choose to find the subject useful. That is just naming a few of the 10 tips.

Often I find myself having issues listening to lectures from courses that I don't find that benefit me. From now on I am going to take these steps into consideration.

10 tips for dealing with BORING lectures
College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College , Salem, OR

Lectures have always been a difficult thing for me. From keeping up while note taking or just grasping a boring lecture. These tips will most definitely come in handy. I like that it tells you if you're a good or bad listener as well, plus different ways to improve those weak areas. I love the way it was listed as well. Normally long paragraphs get boring but lists are always right to the point and very easy to follow

Classroom Listening Skills
Chemeketa Community College, Salem

This website gives a list of good habits to have while in the classroom listening to lectures. Each part of the list has bullet points to provide more advice and key terms that are in bold. I found this website VERY useful because since it was in list format it was easier to follow and more exciting to read than just a paragraph. I find that it is easier for me to get good information out of a list because it is simpler and faster to read.

HS Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Salem

This was a really nice list of listening tips. I laughed a little at description for the second one though. I wonder if there are situations where looking good can increase memory retention in listeners.

I did think that the "Stay attentive" section was a bit too general. I think staying attentive comes more with the territory of "choosing to find the subject useful." Lastly, I would put a lot of purpose on not becoming emotionally "buzzed" so to say. I've had problems where specific words distract me from the topic at hand. This was a really cathartic page to read.


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