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'I feel I’m not learning anything in my lectures'

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Can you advise this student nurse?

“In one of my classes this year, my lecturer always gets distracted and goes down rabbit holes. I had heard from other students that this lecturer wasn’t always on topic, but I didn’t know that it was this bad.

“The lectures always start out on topic, but by the end I feel like I have learned a lot of useless information and nothing about the course.

“I am struggling to keep up with the course work as I am solely relying on self-study. I always learned the most when I was in class, so how do I continue to progress at the speed I need to when my lectures are a waste of time.

“I am worried about how this is going to affect the rest of my studying.

“Does anyone have any advice on how to keep up when the lectures aren’t clarifying anything?”

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  • Situations like this can be difficult and disheartening but there are a few things that you could try and see if they help. Firstly you could become more active in lectures by asking topics related to the topic if your lecturer starts to stray from the subject. If this doesn’t work you may have to spend some time working through your modules on your own. Read through the powerpoints or online resources and make as much sense of the topics as you can before and after the lecture if needed. Alternatively you could speak to the module leader and arrange for them to go through some topics with you out of lecture time(if they will agree to this). It’s good that you’re aware that your learning needs are not being met but unfortunately you may have to bring this up with someone more senior and spend some time doing independent study. The fact that you’ve written in about this issue shows that you’re proactive and focussed on your learning and I have no doubts that you’ll be able to get your head around the topics using the resources available to you. Hope this helps a bit and good luck!

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