Listening Skills

Learning to Listen to University Lectures
Kaylee Wright, College Freshman
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville

When reading the article on listening to university lectures, there were four main topics. They were Learning to Listen: Listening to Learn, active listening and selectivity, lecture characteristics, and features of a lecture. Under Features of a lecture, there were five main points. They were introduction, repitition, linking expressions, rephrasing of ideas, and elaboration.

Reading through all the topics, I learned that it is always good to stay organized, be on time, and always be prepared.

What it takes to be a Good Listener
Chelsey Fowler, College Freshman
University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana

There are certain ways in which you can be a good listener. First, you should always be very attentive and make sure to know that the instructor has something very important that their going to say and you can't miss it. Another way to know that your a good listener is to understand that all professors are not the best at giving lectures but doesn't mean that you can't still learn from it, even though it might be hard to understand.

On the other hand, good listeners should not be impatient with the professor if they are having troubles with the lecture. Good listeners should not interupt a class discussion or lecture just to say they don't understand. Good Listeners don't believe that speaking is more important than listening.

Train your mind
Chemekata Community College, Salem, OR

Very nice article straight and to the point. You have to train your mind to stay focused on the task at hand , and some times its a constant struggle but it's like any thing else , if your work at you will achieve it. Good article!

Let's Listen
Jeffrey Riley-Loy, College Freshman
Chemeketa Comunity College, Stayton, OR

A well written article that explains the importance of listening, and gives great advice on how to improve you listening skills. It does all of this in an efficient manner, detailing the pieces of advice, and explaining why they are important before moving on. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone, even if their listening skills are already superb.

Listening review
Kelli Miezio
Chemeketa Community College , Salem Oregon

I really like how this article is short and too the point. It has great advice and keeps you engaged while reading it. Knowing how to be a good listener is important, especially when you have to take notes. I can take some pointers from this article and use them in not just a class setting but in the rest of my life as well.

Emotional Detachment
Richard Henley, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

I never would've thought that emotional attachment leads to hearing what you want to hear. That would explain a lot with my personal life. I need to practice this in the classroom and see if that helps with my coursework. Great list of skills on this site.

Mental Combat
Johny Kubishta, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

I don't think anybody really likes listening to lectures but as this article points out we need to in order to get that good grade. I really appreciated this article because it tells a lot of things you can do to combat mental distractions. It's hard enough to keep your mind from wandering, so having some exercises to use to overcome that is great

College Sophomore
Chemeketa community college, salem oregon

This site tells us that the average student spends 14 hours each week listening or rather hearing, because there is a difference, to lectures and gives seven different suggestions for improving your listening skills. Maintain eye contact with the instructor, focus on content, not delivery, avoid emotional involvement, avoid distractions, treat listening as a challenging mental task, stay active by asking mental questions, and to use the gap between the rate of speech and your rate of thought.

These are all basic instructions and are very simple and straight forward ways to keep your focus on what is being said.

I enjoyed reading this site and I take away some knowledge form it. I have learned that it is up to me on how much I can take away from a lecture based on how focused I am. I have the control to turn a boring lecture into something exciting in my mind. This site was helpful in reminding me that I can learn as much as I choose to I just have to pay attention to the information and not the surrounding or the distractions. I will use these steps in the future to stay focused on lectures. This information will also be helpful in my future with note taking because if I am able to listen and retain the information then note taking will also be easier when I need to review the information I have heard.

Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

What? University of Minnesota Student Handbook has an article on listening, which sums up the difference between listening and hearing. Listening requires concentration and leads to learning, while hearing is only the act of perceiving sound by the ear.

They use seven simple techniques to improve your listening skills. ?? Maintain eye contact with the instructor ?? Focus on content, not delivery ?? Avoid emotional involvement ?? Avoid distractions ?? Treat listening as a challenging mental task ?? Stay active by asking mental questions ?? Use the gap between the rate of speech and your rate of thought

With so many influencing factors around us, it is extremely difficult to really listen. Most people tend to be hard of listening rather than hard of hearing. This statement from the author is so true, but shouldnt be.

We can enhance our listening process by displaying a positive attitude about a particular topic, subject or instructor. It also helps to have some background knowledge to help engage us. Try to avoid external distracters and try to enhance further by sitting close to the instructor and watching your own body language during lectures.

Felicia, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

The website is very cut and dry. Gets straight to the point, very easy to read and navigate. Helps give tips on maintaining eye contact with an instructor, focusing on content and not delivery, and avoiding distractions and why they are important. All in all a wonderful website, that I will be using.

Mckayla Marchand
Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon

This article was very easy to read and worth my time. It have me incite into what I can do to stay engaged in a lecture. One thing that makes me shut off when listening to an instructor give a lecture is when they make a mistake. This article gave a helpful tip on how I should listen to the content not the mistakes.

Listening Skills
Ulyana Ermolenko
Chemeketa Community College, Salem OR

This article gave the seven strategies to improve your listening skill. College students spend 14 hours per week in class listening to lectures. The article was easy and clear to read, the key words were bold and straightforward which makes it easy to understand.

The seven strategies are Maintain eye contact with the instructor. It's very important to have eye contact with your instructor because if you do not understand something, the instructor can see that on your face and will repeat or explain better. Of course you'll have to look at your notebook to write the information down. Eye contact keeps you focused on the job at hand and keeps you involved in the lecture.

Second, Focus on content, not delivery. Also, Avoid emotional involvement. A lot of times you tend to hear what you want to hear, try to be more objective and open-minded.

The fourth strategy is to avoid distractions, this one is really challenging for me because I tend to get distracted fast by little things like room temperature or little noise. The fifth strategy is treating listening as if it were a challenging mental task. You need to concentrate on what is said so that you can process the information into your notes.

Lastly but not the least, stay active by asking mental questions. This means to ask yourself questions as you listen to understand the information better. Final, use the gap between the rate of speech and your rate of thought.Your mind does have the capacity to listen, think, write and ponder at the same time, but it does take practice. I thought this information was very helpful and I'll try to use these strategies to improve my listening skills.

Listening Skills
Shania Mu??oz, College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

After reviewing these steps towards how to maintain focus on listening, I can see where this can begin to help many students. Keeping eye contact with the professor is a huge one. Often in a classroom students may be looking down at their phones or out the window looking for things to distract them. Which is why it is highly important to limit your distractions that way you are keeping eye contact and are able to listen to the content instead of roaming off. Staying engaged, while you are in a classroom make connections with what is being said, if you have questions make sure to address those questions. These are all helpful tips on keeping track and paying close attention on what is being said. Listening comes in patience too, you have to find a focus that will allow you to pay attention and not stray from the lecture. Patience to listen to all material and gather all important information into a brief summary.

Listening Skills Review
Jordan Bailey
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR

I found this article very relevant. The first thing it talks about is maintaining eye contact with your instructor. I have been doing this more this term and I've found it helps me pay attention better. The second thing is focusing on content not delivery, which makes sense. I'm sure we have all gotten distracted by little things our instructors do. The third is avoiding emotional involvement, which I found surprising. The fourth point is to treat listening as a mental task which I thing goes along with all of these. The fifth point, stay active by asking mental questions, I have also been practicing and found helpful. The last thing, use the gap between the rate of speech and your rate of thought. I could definitely work on this personally. My mind tends to wander in a long lecture unless I keep active and ask questions or ask my instructor to repeat themselves if I do miss something.


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