The Large Lecture Survival Guide

We totally understand – large lectures can sound pretty intimidating! Will you be able to learn when your professor may not even know your name? Will your questions get answered if you raise your hand? Do you even want to raise your hand in front of that many people? Don’t worry, large class sizes really aren’t as aggressive as they seem. Check out our quick survival guide so you can make the most of those massive classes!

 

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Pay attention to the syllabus.

It can be a bit harder keeping track of assignments and due dates when your class is so large – you’re pretty much on your own! Keep your syllabus on you all semester, and refer back to it frequently.

 

Sit with friends.

Weren’t expecting this one, huh? Sitting with friends in a big lecture is actually helpful – given you guys won’t distract each other! Having a group of classmates you’re comfortable with makes it easy to compare notes, get clarification on a lesson, or ask any questions.

 

Know your professor’s contact info.

Professors can’t give each student their undivided attention within such a large lecture, so you may need to reach out to them after class with any questions you have. They’re always there to help, so make sure you know how to reach them!

 

Exchange contact info with classmates.

With a class so large, it’s best to have someone to go to with questions aside from just your professor. Need some last minute clarification on an assignment? Your answer is just a quick text message away!

 

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Visit office hours.

Just because you’re in a lecture with 100 other students, doesn’t mean you can’t get some one-on-one time with your professor. All professors have office hours where students can schedule time to meet with them. Make sure you’re familiar with your professor’s hours!

 

Form a study group.

Study groups are great ways to compare notes and insights you may have missed. Grab some classmates and set up some time to meet before any big exams.

 

Avoid the back row.

The back row is easily the most tempting spot in a large lecture hall. No one will notice if you doze off, right? As tempting as that may be, it’s best if you try to sit up front. You’re less likely to miss any important information!

 

Don’t skip class!

Speaking of temptation, it’s also pretty darn tempting to skip class in a large lecture. It’s safe to say your professor won’t have time to help you play catch-up once you’re back. Sorry – but those skip days are only hurting you!

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Do you have some ideas of your own? Share your best tips with us in the comments below!

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