In the know: Make the best of lectures

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, February 1, 2010

To truly benefit from your lectures, you need to employ active listening. Hearing is passive: the spoken word floats into your ear without effort or direction from you. Active listening on the other hand is the self-initiated process of trying to understand what is being said. Active listening means getting to the heart of the message being sent and identifying its applicability within the framework of the bigger picture.

There are several things you can do to help create the right mental atmosphere for active listening:

  • Read up ahead of time on the material to be covered, so you will be familiar with the information
  • Come to class well rested, wearing comfortable clothing
  • Arrive on time
  • Sit as close to the front as possible, as you'll pay more attention

For more tips, check out HCPro's book, Stressed Out About Nursing School.

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