How to prepare yourself for a lesson

Sometimes, school lessons can be such a bore. The content can be unstimulating and a little soul-crushing. Even though the thought of skiving off Maths and bunking Science sounds appealing, once you hit exam season you’ll be kicking yourself for missing that important lesson on how to work out standard deviation or on the structure of the heart.

Often times, students aren’t aware of the importance of preparing for a lesson beforehand.  It is essential that we implement this into our study routine in order to get the most out of your lessons.

Preparing for a lesson does not necessarily mean to know everything off by heart in advance.  It involves getting yourself physically and mentally ready for a lesson. This includes briefly learning about the main points of the topic and revising the information from the previous lesson.

My routine before a lesson

  • I go over my notes from a previous lesson
  • I learn and study the key points
  • I organise and pack all the appropriate equipment the night before so that I am completely prepared. This helps avoid rushing in the morning.
  • When a teacher gives a hint of the next topic, I try to look into some key points in advance for preparation.

After reading my routine, you may be thinking “wow, this is all so excessive. Why even bother?”. Bear in mind that you really won’t be doing yourself any favours if you’re lacking enthusiasm and motivation to begin with – it will definitely reflect in your work. Being in a positive mood will result in a positive outcome.

The trick is to kick off with your best shot and keep on tackling until you reach your goal.

Don’t forget:

  • To ask the teacher questions on anything which you are unsure of or want to know more of. Don’t feel shy – ask away! The teacher is there to help you understand the content. If you’re someone who feels shy raising your hand is class, perhaps see your teacher after the lesson or arrange to see her/him some time during the week. Alternatively, you can email them.
  • To make the most out of your lessons by jotting down the main points. By writing down notes, you are able to extract and retain information from the lesson as oppose to memorising what the teacher tells you. Highlight the main points so that they stick out.
  • To communicate and cooperate with partners and peers. Remember, they are also there to help. A good way to prepare for your next lesson is by revisiting your notes with your friends.

Waheena Ahmed, 14