RECEIVING LECTURES IN MEDICAL COURSES
During lectures, certain priorities need to be set right for effective learning. Your success in medical courses has much to do with your receptive system, in which if there is a problem, the whole system will be affected. Every condition that will enhance your understanding of the courses during lectures needs to be considered.
In MEDICAL COURSES, Receiving lectures is the same as receiving messages, when your reception is authentic, researching further on it will help strengthen your knowledge and understanding of the message. But would not achieve that optimally. So all the factors that will be considered are those that can help you receive lectures effectively.
The first factor to be considered is your ability to hear the lecturers during lectures. Consider the following points
- Are we too many in our class?
- Is there any public address system?
- Is my lecturer’s voice loud enough?
- Do my course mates make noise during lectures?
Considering all these will help you analyze the barrier of perception. For the first question, if the lecture hall is always filled to the brim such that there is always an overflow, then always try to come early to lectures. This will help you find a comfortable position in the lecture hall where you can commune with the lecturer. It is always advisable to sit in the front seat so that receiving lectures will seem like a personal interaction between you and your MEDICAL COURSES lecturers.
This will help you grab everything the lecturer says. Although some schools are gracious enough to provide public address systems to enhance communication. Make sure you position yourself where you can see the lecturer perfectly because sometimes lecturers make demonstration and gesticulations that can help improve understanding. If your lecturer’s voice isn’t loud enough and he or she is not backed up with a public address system, then make sure you always secure the front seat. Some bad students prefer making noise during lecture periods. These sets of students are mostly found in lecture halls that are overfilled lecturer; they are always at the back seats. Securing the front seat will save you all these troubles.
For effective understanding of medical courses, during lectures, it is advisable that one take down notes. Note taking will make the lectures realistic and improve learning and memory. Notes taken during lectures are hard copies which can be referred to when the brain memory fails due to some conditions. At that moment when you are being taught, you may be enjoying the lecture and your brain claims an understanding of every fact.
Two days after that lecture you may have forgotten some facts. So you can go back to your note and reclaim them. Another major importance of note taking is that it helps you consolidate learnt topics. At that point you understood every fact, put it down on paper and don’t leave behind any point. Also, medical courses are an embodiment of diagrams, charts and tables, so note down every illustration the lecturer makes. You will need them, during your exams (treated in chapter 7).
While receiving lectures, any explanations that the lecturer gives and it is vague to you, indicate and call the attention of the lecturer. It is easier to get the understanding while you are still in the lecture hall, than going home to waste extra time trying to understand it.
Also, note questions asked by other students and get the answers into your head. Some questions asked by the lecturer should also be noted as they may turn out to become exam questions. Michael Raphael told me how he made the highest score (80%) in anatomy in a semester exam. This is the only course in that semester that only 10% of the total number of students passed.
Raphael said that while their lecturer taught them, he was fond of asking questions, when no student gives an accurate answer he would bypass the question and never give the answer himself. Most of Raphael’s course mates took this unanswered questions for granted and never cared to find out the answers. But for him, he would go home with the questions and search out the answers including them in his note. On examination day, most of the questions were the unanswered questions.
While receiving lectures, it is not wise to ask your fellow students questions as this might generate distractions. All questions should be directed to the lecturer. Also, after answering question asked by the lecturer in your note, go to the lecturer and show it to him or her. He or she will be pleased to help you out with the answers the way he/she wants it to be.
Assignments given during MEDICAL COURSES lectures can also turn out to be exam questions. It is advisable to do every assignment given during lectures the same day it is given. Don’t compile assignments until they become a burden to you before you start solving them. For assignments that require submission, photocopy them before submission because you will need them while preparing for exams. For some lecturers that mark the assignment and return them back to students, remember to observe the necessary corrections.