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SA Lectures - what to note and what not

Discussion in 'Australian Law Students Forum' started by Reag, 7 June 2018.

  1. Reag

    Reag Member

    5 April 2018
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    If everything that is said is of importance, then wouldn't it be a good idea to write it all down (a time consuming process I know), but still better than trying to remember it all, which is unlikely?

    So, are lectures designed to give a chance for students to write everything down (unlikely), or important things (how do you know which is)? or is it assumed that students will bring along their tape recorders?

    Who use to bring a tape recorder to lectures (before they were made digital), and how would you fair in your past studies had they been prohibited ?
  2. Rod

    Rod Well-Known Member

    27 May 2014
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    One of the arts of study is to identify the important bits. The rest is filler designed to aid in comprehension of the important bits.

    Essential: write the principle, its elements and authority for the principle. Then record other authorities that are a variation on the main principle with why they are important.

    Then add other stuff that helps you remember the principle and the elements.

    All my lectures are recorded and available online. Great IT system to facilitate learning. I still have access to material from 1st year.
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  3. DMLegal

    DMLegal Well-Known Member

    28 May 2018
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    When I studied law the only way lectures made sense was if I had done the pre-readings. Without those it all seemed important, however in light of the readings it was clear what the lecturer added (the important stuff) and what was in the textbook. On average I took less than half a page of notes in a lecture. In saying that, what works for one person may not for the next, so go with what works for you I reckon. If you find you are not taking much in frantically writing everything down, the don't and see what happens. Do the readings though, they help.
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