Lectures | The University of Edinburgh

I’m Bhargavi, and I’m a third year Chemical
Engineering with Management student. And as part of my degree programme, I am engaged
with lectures, tutorials, independent study, and laboratories. And I’m going to be talking
about my experience with lectures. Lectures generally tend to give out lecture
materials and reference materials before the lecture series starts, or the actual lecture
begins. And it’s often helpful if I refer to all these materials and go through the
information that’s going to be discussed in these lectures beforehand. Just because
the material gets more and more complicated as the years progress, and it’s often helpful
to be able to understand or be familiar with the information before the lecturer is going
to discuss it. The lectures that I attend are usually at
King’s Buildings, which is the Science and Engineering campus at the University of Edinburgh,
and we have our lectures usually in lecture theatres or extremely big classrooms, depending
on the class sizes. We have between sixty students to about three hundred students,
depending on the subject that’s being taught. The lectures are usually taught by senior
lecturers or staff members of the University of Edinburgh, and the format of the lecture
often varies depending on the style of teaching of the lecturers. Some of them would like
you to be more interactive so they’ll even have group discussions, they’ll sometimes
have clicker questions, which are basically just an interactive response. They’ll ask
you some questions and you can use a device called a clicker to answer the questions.
And sometimes they just like to talk to you for the length of the lecture, which could
be an hour or three hours, and you’re just expected to maybe take down notes.
The notes that I take depend on the style of teaching of the lecturer in itself. Sometimes
I just like to listen, and have a small tape recorder placed at the front of the classroom.
Lecturers will generally not have a problem with this, and it’s usually helpful in those
lectures where there is a lot of information being delivered in the span of an hour or
two hours, and where you’d like to review the information in your own time and your
own convenience. Other times when theory is being discussed, and formulas are being written
down and taught, I like to annotate my pre-printed notes because when I’m revising for my exams
I often feel like I have paid attention in class and I feel like I know small hints of
information that will turn up on the exam. I’m usually the kind of person that often
has questions either during a lecture or after a lecture. And I’ve often found that lecturers
are very happy to help you if you just drop them an email or if you go and visit them
during their office hours. Also there are complementary tutorials that take place for
every subject. So if you want to ask them questions you could personally go and speak
to them at the end of a tutorial, or even the end of a lecture. Sometimes the lecturers
will stay in the lecture theatre specifically to address any questions that students will
have. I believe that lectures often go hand in hand with independent study, with laboratories,
and with tutorials, and as a Science and Engineering student I have personal experience of this.
Whatever is taught to me in a lecture, the theory that is discussed, I apply this in
my practical experiments or in my laboratories, and I see evidence of what I’ve learned
in these lectures being applied in these practicals.

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