Most teaching in universities happens in lectures and seminars. However, it can be difficult to get the most out of them when you have an SpLD, which may make simultaneous listening, watching and note taking something of a challenge. Below are some tips to get the most from your lectures and seminars.
Lectures and Seminars
Lectures and seminars can be extremely tiring for students with specific learning difficulties (SpLD’s). Due to the way language is processed, concentrating for long periods of time on what is being said may require a great deal of effort, leaving students feeling 'drained''. Also, lectures and seminars usually require students to perform a number of tasks simultaneously – such as listening, making notes and copying from a screen. As performing such tasks is less instinctive or automatic for students with SpLD's than for others, the greater mental effort required may result in feelings of mental overload and exhaustion.
Tips for getting the most from lecturers and seminars include:
Before the lecture/seminar
Take some of the effort out of lectures and seminars by doing some advanced preparation.
After the lecture/seminar