Taking the best our of the Class Room

“If you do not know where you are going, it does not matter which way you take” – Alice in Wonderland.

Once we are motivated to make the best out of our class room experience, what we will do is to develop those competencies that are important for a brilliant student. The prime skill of a student is to be a good listener in class. Much of what we will have to learn will be presented verbally by our teachers. Just hearing what our teachers say is not the same as listening to what they say. Listening is a cognitive act that requires you to pay attention and think about and mentally process what you hear

Here are some things we should do to be good listeners in class.

Be Cognitively Ready to Listen. Come to class cognitively prepared to listen. Make sure you complete all assigned work and readings. Review your notes from previous class sessions. Think about what you know about the topic that will be covered in class that day.

Be Emotionally Ready to Listen. Come to class emotionally ready to listen. Your attitude is important. Make a conscious choice to find the topic useful and interesting. Be committed to learning all that you can.

Listen with a Purpose. Identify what you expect and hope to learn from the class session. Listen for these things as your teacher talks.

Listen with an Open Mind. Be receptive to what your teacher says. It is good to question what is said as long as you remain open to points of view other than your own.

Be Attentive. Focus on what your teacher is saying. Try not to daydream and let your mind wander to other things. It helps to sit in the front and center of the class, and to maintain eye contact with your teacher.

Be an Active Listener. You can think faster than your teacher can speak. Use this to your advantage by evaluating what is being said and trying to anticipate what will be said next. Take good written notes about what your teacher says. While you can think faster than your teacher can speak, you cannot write faster than your teacher can speak. Taking notes requires you to make decisions about what to write, and you have to be an active listener to do this.

Accept the Challenge. Don't give up and stop listening when you find the information being presented difficult to understand. Listen even more carefully at these times and work hard to understand what is being said. Don't be reluctant to ask questions.

Triumph Over the Environment. The classroom may too noisy, too hot, too cold, too bright, or too dark. Don't give in to these inconveniences. Stay focused on the big picture - LEARNING.

You are invited to make a difference in the way you attend classes. Your learning will make a difference for those who associate with you.

- Prepared by Babu Thannickal cmf