Effective Listening Tips
Concentrating on what your professor is saying will assist you in hearing every nuance of the presentation and help you to understand more difficult concepts as they are explained. You will remember more from class if you focus on understanding the lecture rather than writing down every word that is spoken.
If you are having trouble concentrating in class, you may want to sit toward the front of the room. Sitting up straight can also make a difference. Sitting up facilitates paying attention and allows you to glance down easily at your notes.
Watch for lapses
Become attuned to the times when your mind is drifting while you are in class. When this happens, focus your attention back on the professor. With practice you'll be able to catch yourself quickly and shorten the gaps in your attention span.
Look for clues
Pay attention to how your professor conveys information while lecturing. Looking for signals such as tone of voice, hand gestures, and body language will enhance your understanding of the professor's words.