Many students find the experience of attending university lectures to be a confusing and frustrating experience. The lecturer speaks for one or two hours, perhaps ___1___ the talk with slides, writing up important information on the blackboard, distributing reading material and giving out assignment. The new student sees the other students continuously writing on notebooks and wonders what to write. Very often the student leaves the lecture with notes which do not catch the main points and ___2___ become hard even for the students to understand.
Most institutions provide courses which assist new students to develop the skills they need to be effective listeners and note-takers. If these are unavailable, there are many useful study-skills guides which to ___3___ learners to practice these skills independently. In all cases it is important to ___4___ the problem before actually starting your studies.
It is important to acknowledge that most students have difficulty in acquiring the language skills required in college study. One way of ___5___ these difficulties is to attend the language and study-skills classes which most institutions provide throughout the academic year. Another basic strategy is to find a study partner with whom it is possible to identify difficulties, exchange ideas and provide support.