5 Reasons Why Watching Lectures Online Beats Going To Them
Attending lectures is considered the “best” thing a student can do. After all, you pay all this money for the course, why waste it?
Personally, for me, I consider it a waste to go to lectures. The lecturer stands up the front and lectures me for somewhere between 1 – 3 hours. I don’t learn this way, I’ll switch off after about 20 minutes, 30 minutes at the max, especially if the content is something I don’t really understand. I get bored really quickly, and once I’m bored, no amount of time or content is going to bring me back in (unless maybe they start singing it). Are you the same?
Online lectures aren’t for everyone, and there’s always the risk that the lecturer will be petty and turn off the recording with time to spare to talk about the assessments/exams ‘behind your back’. I feel if you offer online recordings, then all the content should be available, not just as a reward for those who can stay awake (and/or alert) for hours. But if you have a great Uni who cares about your learning and, more specifically, your learning style, then online lectures are the way of the future!
Here are 5 reasons why watching lectures online beats going to them.
#5 You don’t have to leave your comfortable space
I don’t just mean your bed (although that’s definitely a comfortable space to watch lectures), but you can watch your lectures wherever you can/want to. There’s no pressure to be at a particular venue to watch a lecture, but instead you can do it where you’re comfortable. Not having a good day and want to be alone? Watch from home. Want to be surrounded by people? Watch from the library, or a café (why do that rather than be in the lecture? Read the next few points 😉). Watch your lectures where you feel it’s best.
#4 You can learn in your own time
The biggest enemy of study (and life) is procrastination. However, if you can beat this (I BELIEVE IN YOU) then watching your lectures online means you don’t have to drag your butt out of bed to make it to the 8am lecture, AND you don’t have to miss it either. I regularly watch my lectures the day after, about 11am, in my pyjamas.
#3 You can pause and rewind as many times as you want/need.
You can pause and rewind whenever you need to. Online lectures support YOUR learning style. I cannot sit for up to 3 hours and take in information I hear only once, PLUS take notes. A 1-hour lecture online normally takes me 2 hours to get through because I pause, write notes, and rewind constantly. However, you might need to listen for just 10 minutes, have a break and then come back (rinse and repeat). That’s okay! Watching lectures online means that you don’t have to miss information ever again thanks to the nifty pause button.
#2 You don’t ever have to feel like you’ve wasted your time
There’s nothing worse than attending a lecture only to walk out thinking it was a huge waste of time because you either a) didn’t understand it, b) missed information, c) fell asleep, or d) any other reason you feel it wasted your time. When you watch lectures online, you don’t have to worry about feeling that way because if you don’t understand, you can pause and look up more information, if you missed something you can rewind, and you can watch it at whatever time you want. Time is precious, especially as a University/College student, so making sure you’re getting the most from your time and studies means there’s less stress and more fun!
#1 You learn more
I said it. You learn more by watching the lectures online. Of course, there are “ifs” attached to the statement – if you don’t procrastinate, if you actually watch it, if you give it your attention. But I’m going with the assumption that you actually do want to study and do well. I personally don’t think students aren’t meant to be lectured at from the front of a classroom/lecture hall for great lengths of time. Most people don’t learn that way. So, the above points all come to this conclusion: you learn more by watching lectures online.
It’s the digital age now. Embrace it! Everything is moving online these days, so don’t feel guilty if you don’t attend your lectures in person, but instead utilise your time and watch them online. You’re not a bad student if online lectures help you to learn in the most efficient way possible. You still have to attend your tutorials/practicals/labs, but how you learn the information that you need for those is entirely up to you. For me it’s watching my lectures online. What about you?
If you’re not sure as to whether watching lectures is for you (either by choice, or because of procrastination), then maybe consider my upcoming post about why attending lectures may be better for YOU.