Lecturers & Tutorials

If you are an “on campus” student, your main form of interaction with both lecturers and other students will take place in lectures. However, if you are a “CLC” student, tutorials is your main place for engagement.

Lectures

What to expect:
  • The first thing you should know is that your learning becomes a very independent process.
  • Lecturers will usually talk for most of the lecture, however it is your responsibility to engage and interact during the lecture, as well as after (through emails, setting up appointments, etc).
  • Lecturers will often use powerpoint slides, recordings or other forms of media.
  • Lectures are normally 3-4 hours long with breaks in between.
Purpose (are they important?):
  • Lectures are ABSOLUTELY important, especially if you are not quite use to independent learning.
  • Lectures will provide an overview of the module you are doing, as well as the the various topics you will be covering.
  • Lectures provide an opportunity for discussion of content and concepts you may struggle to understand. It is also an opportunity to engage in the topic with other students and express your views.
  • Exam material is usually covered during lectures, therefore skipping lectures is not a smart idea.
  • Remember that lectures only outline topics and provide a starting point of understanding a topic, you will need to do further in-depth reading on the topic.
  • If you absolutely have to skip a lecture, be sure to catch up. Ask a fellow student for an update, get lecture slides or any notes that may have been issued and remember to read, read, read! Often students skip lectures and get lost in the course. Staying updated will avoid this.
Asking questions:
  • Asking questions will depend on the lecturers style of lecturing. Get a feel for the type of lecturers you have. Some lecturers prefer to do most of the talking while others prefer more interaction from students.
  • Always raise your hand if you need to ask a question, instead of interrupting someone.
  • If you can’t ask questions during the lecture, be sure to jot your questions down on a page and ask them when the lecture is done.
Making the most out of lectures:
Preparation Before the lecture During the lecture After the lecture
  • Read through your course outline and know what topic is going to be covered.
  • Complete prescribed readings fro that particular lecture.
  • Revise/review previous lecture notes.
  • Think of questions you may have relating to the topic.
  • Prepare pages. notebook or computer for your lecture notes.
  • Switch off your phone!
  • Be early. This will give you time to set up and relax, opposed to rushing into a lecture unprepared.
  • Find a place to sit (the front is great), it will help to stay focused and concentrate during the lecture.
  • Make sure you have all the necessary equipment to take notes.
  • If you allowed to record lectures, get the equipment ready.
  • Listen carefully to the introduction of the lecture, it usually serves as a guide for the rest of the lecture.
  • Listen more than taking notes! If possible record lectures so you can refer back at a later stage.
  • Look out for key terminology. This will give you direction for further reading.
  • When taking notes, keep them short. DO NOT attempt to write every word your lecturer says.
  • Understanding the content is more important than having countless pages of notes.
  • Participate when given the opportunity. Being aware of your own thoughts on the topic being discussed will enable you to feel more confident. EVERY CONTRIBUTION COUNTS.
  • If you recorded your lecture, you can listen to it again and make your notes more comprehensive at this stage.
  • Even if you did not record the lecture, you should make your notes more comprehensive and do this as soon as possible (preferably the same day).
  • Take some time just to read and reflect on what you have learnt and how it relates to the whole course/module.
  • Have discussions outside of lecture, this will assist you in processing the information learnt.
  • If you have questions, or you are struggling to understand the content, contact your lecturer or get in touch with a tutor.

Tutorials

What to expect:
  • If you are the type of student who only knows contact learning, like most students, tutorials will take some getting use to.
  • Tutorials in a tertiary setting usually relates to a small classroom setting. However, your experience of tutorials through Cornerstone Learning Community (CLC), will be somewhat different.
  • They are between 30 minutes and 1 hour long.
  • Tutorials take place through modern technology,i.e. via Google hangouts which gives you the opportunity to interact live with the lecturer/tutor and other students.
  • A tutorial is not a lecture. It is not the tutor/lecturers aim to repeat the content you are suppose to read up on independently. So you should expect to participate and interact with the lecturer and other students during the tutorial session.
Purpose:
  • While tutorials are not compulsory, they are a great opportunity for you to truly feel like a part of the learning community you are enrolled for. They are DEFINITELY helpful.
  • Tutorials are designed to provide you with an opportunity to interact with the lecturer/tutor and other students by engaging with course material.
  • Tutorials also give lecturers a chance to outline the course, assignments and expectations.
  • Course material is not extensively covered in tutorials, however tutorials is the opportunity to clarify concepts, principles or any content that is not well understood.
Preparation Before the tutorial During the tutorial After the tutorial
  • Check your course outline to know which topic is going to be covered.
  • Do the prescribed readings before your scheduled tutorial. In this way you can identify any questions you may have.
  • View any lecture slides provided.
  • Identify at least one point of contribution you can make to the topic discussion.
  • Prepare materials for taking any notes that may be important, such as assignment guidelines, etc.
  • Make sure your CLC mentor has set up the room.
  • Get familiar with the technology, don’t be afraid to ask.
  • Arrive early and have your note-taking material ready.
  • Get comfortable and focused.
  • Know how the group chat function works (ask your mentor).
  • If you are watching home, get familiar with the Q & A function so that you can ask questions in real time.
  • Listen attentively to any points the lecturer/tutor might want to highlight.
  • Ask questions
  • Engage in other students discussions if there are any.
  • If you are the shy type, you can use the group chat to join a discussion, ask a question or make a comment.
  • Stay focused throughout the tutorial. You never know when you might miss an important piece of information.
  • Go back to your readings to check for anything you may have missed.
  • Reflect on the points brought up in the tutorial.
  • Use the discussion forum on funda if you still have any questions or comments about a topic. You can also contact your lecturer via email if you need more clarity on some of the module content, or assignment guidelines.