Did you know that...? We listen to 125 to 250 words per minute and we think 1000 to 3000 words per minute. After listening to someone talk, we can correctly recall about half of what we heard. We have learned 85 % of what we know by listening.
Interesting right? Based on the facts you’ve just read, if we think logically and if we pay attention in class, we could actually improve our average mark with 85%, as well as our listening skills.
To improve our listening skills, first we personally should want to do so. No body can make you listen, if you don't want to!
Now that we decided to improve our listening skills for better learning, here are some helpful tips: First and most importantly...
Come to class well rested and energized. You will be surprised to know that your sleep is very important in order to have high grades!!!
Another really important thing is that you should always:
Be prepared for class.
You need to come prepared by completing any and all previous reading assignments or homework. It is always best to be ahead of the teacher’s lesson.
Focus your attention on what the teacher, or person talking, is saying. Do not think about the upcoming weekend, the sound of the speaker’s voice, or any thing that does not matter.
Use your judgment!
Always evaluate what you hear. Think about what the words of the professor or the teacher mean, and how they relate to what you already know about the subject he or she is talking about.
Take great notes. Since it is impossible even for the best listeners to remember all that has been said, you need to take great notes.
And some more tips: Look at the person talking and suspend other things that you might be doing. Listen not merely to the words, but the feeling content. Be sincerely interested in what the other person is talking about. Restate what the person is saying. Ask clarification questions once in a while when it is unclear. Be aware of your own feelings and strong opinions on the topic presented. If you have to state your views, say them only after you have listened to the whole lesson or presentation.
Thank You For Your Attention! (I hope you listened. )
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