5 Reasons Attending Lectures Beats Watching Them Online
I’ve already written a post detailing reasons that I think watching lectures online beats attending them in person. However, they’re definitely not for everyone, and they can be very beneficial to actually attend.
Here are 5 reasons why:
#5 They help curb your desire to procrastinate
Procrastination… the bane of all students’ lives. We all know we do it, some more than others, and we know we shouldn’t, yet we just can’t seem to help ourselves when it comes to anything BUT what we’re supposed to be doing.
If you know that you’re never going to watch the lectures online, despite what you tell yourself, then it would be best if you attended your lectures in person. This makes sure you really do make an effort with your studies, and even if you don’t get everything, you will pick up something whilst you are there listening. You can do it!
#4 You make friends
When you watch your lectures alone, you don’t meet new people. I know that’s what your practicals/laboratories/tutorials are there for – but lectures are a lot bigger than those classes, so the range of people you can, and will, meet is huge! Your next, amazing study buddy may not be the person you sit next to in your tutorial, but in fact the girl you sit next to in the lecture. Friends are what are going to get you through your studies (along with study, of course) – meeting people is a big plus!
#3 Ability to ask questions
I know, asking questions in a lecture hall with upwards of 100+ can be daunting, but you also have the ability to ask questions after the lecture if you’d prefer. This can help you clarify anything you didn’t quite grasp from the lecture, without having to wait until tutorials, for emails, or to wade through wrong/unhelpful answers in Google. You can’t do this when you watch lectures online.
#2 They help to teach you to concentrate
Learning to concentrate can be hard, which is where the procrastination comes in. By actually disciplining yourself and attending your lectures, you’re teaching yourself how to concentrate on the task ahead of you. Most people don’t feel comfortable being rude and sleeping in lectures (yes, they can see you), or leaving a lecture half way through. You know that the person standing up the front has put time and effort in for you, even if it is boring, so if you have turned up then it’s now in your best interest to try and concentrate on what is going on. This is a big skill and will immensely help you in all of your learning.
#1 You learn more by attending your lectures
I know, in my last post I said you learn more by watching them online!! However this post is dedicated towards people who may not watch them online, so obviously you’re going to learn more by attending than doing nothing! But in all seriousness, you can truly learn more by being present in your lectures than by watching from home. A lot of people seem to switch on more when they’re up, dressed and in an environment conducive to learning – this can’t always be said for the home environment. You can hang around and discuss points with your peers, or even the lecture.
There are reasons both for and against attending lectures and watching them online. It’s up to you and how you think it will work best for you. Alternatively, you can do both! Attend the lecture and follow this up by watching it again. Whatever way works for you is the best way, no matter what “they” say.