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10 keys to effective listening

Listening
Samantha Collins, College Sophomore
Univeristy of Southern Indiana, Evansville

One thing I learned was to judge the content, not the way it was delivered. To me if it is delivered boringly I have a hard time paying attention. This web site helped me realize that I am not a good listener in classes. I tend to tune out boring subjects, and enter into arguments before the speaker is done talking. I also daydream if the subject is boring and the speaker is slow. I will definetly look more into this web site and try to practice those key effects.

I want a copy of this table!
Deven B, College Senior
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska

Wow, this article definitely pinned down all the bad listening habits that I have. I also took the listening habits quiz offered by the same college that offers this article, and I scored very poorly. I scored so poorly, I really want to print out this table to remind myself to start building some of the better listening habits.

Some of the bad habits I was well aware were bad habits, like being easily distracted. On the other hand, there were others that I thought were part of listening critically, like analyzing word choice, body language and speaking style or conduct. I now understand that focusing on these aspects actual detracts from an overall understanding of the material. In retrospect, this makes perfect sense because I have trouble grasping main ideas because I'm focusing on the wrong elements of the lecture. For me, the suggestion to be open minded will probably stick out in my mind most, and I will try to bring that idea with me to lectures from now on.


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