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How to study at uni? as in manage time/work.

  1. Oct 16, 2006 #1
    basically i think im drowning....i just don't seem to have time to read through all the notes given by lecturers, they speed through in lectures, 6 modules, (although computing and lab isn't too bad). But Planet Earth module has tonnes and tonnes for each lecture.??!! and for cosolmology theres no given notes...just lecture slides and we have to take notes (personally i don't think it's enough, seems like we've hardly done anything compared to the other modules). I wanted to do some extra excercises from text book, i don't have time for that though.
    should i just go along with it....just go to the lectures take notes(try and understand), and leave it unitill a week or so before exams?

    how do i organise, how do you/did you organise your time, work etc?
    help?
    thanks, bel
     
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  3. Oct 16, 2006 #2

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    I have a similar problems. They way how I try to deal with it is to make a timetable and try to follow is as colsely as possible. Yes I admit that its impossible for me to stick to it exactly, but I do try to be as close as possible. And my lectures are similar to yours. Mostly modules and powerpoint presentations. I take notes like hell - sometimes like 10 pages per class. Then when I'm on a break or at home, i try to organize my notes (and my thoughts) with assistance from the text book and online resources. A study group will also help alot (for the high volume of notes).
    Theres not much you can do, just take it as it comes and play along. You'll have to scarifice certain things to make extra time.
     
  4. Oct 16, 2006 #3

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    10 pages per class?!?! Maybe you're spending too much of your attention writing notes instead of focusing on what was said. I take at most 2 pages of notes per lecture (1 hour each) and it seems like more than enough.
     
  5. Oct 16, 2006 #4

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    Yeah, true. I'd say 3-4 pages should be the absolute maximum for one hour.

    In fact, if the course comes with a textbook, I don't even write notes at all. I just sit back and listen. I write notes later while reading the textbook. It's more organized that way.
     
  6. Oct 16, 2006 #5
    Studying??? What on Earth is that??? :p























    j/k. I study LOTS. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming but you will adapt.
     
  7. Oct 16, 2006 #6

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    Yeah, by 2 pages I meant front and back. I find it important to take notes directly from lecture, especially now in my upper-division classes, because some of my teachers hardly follow the book at all. I guess my best advice is to start everything early. Reading the textbook before lecture can help make the lectures much more useful, and starting homework on monday when it's due on friday gives you a chance to get help if you need it. Also, don't try and memorize absolutely everything. Try and remember only what is absolutely necessary, and then you can derive everything else as needed. I find that trying to derive the formula on my own allows me to actually remember them, or acquire them very quickly.
     
  8. Oct 22, 2006 #7

    I have the exact same problem.:frown:
     
  9. Oct 23, 2006 #8

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    And by 10 pages I mean front and back (3.5 hrs lecture) :biggrin:
     
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