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How can I prepare for class?

Step 1: Warm up your brain!

Start with familiar information before you introduce something new.

Read through the notes from your last two lectures. This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.

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This targets three areas:

  • Gets your brain “warmed up” and in a discipline-focused mindset.
  • Helps you retain information and think about how prior and new concepts are connected.
  • Reinforces what you’ve already learned as you practice retrieving information (this is also called retrieval practice).

Step 2: Know your purpose

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What is the purpose of your reading or prep? Will you have quizzes? Is it for background information? Do you need to be able to contribute to a discussion? Or lead a discussion?

Know your purpose to be effective and efficient in your studying. Check-in with yourself: Am I checking a box, and not really processing the information? Figure out the best approach and strategy for you and for this class to make the best use of your time. A learning consultant can help!

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Review your syllabus and ensure that you have clearly stated the purpose of any pre-assigned or suggested reading or work. This transparency will help your students work more efficiently and come to class better prepared.


Next up: What should I do during class?