After lecture is when you begin to put all the information together. Sometimes the lecture and the handout will match very well; sometimes you may wonder if they even go together.

What do I do after the lecture?

"I need more time." You need to remember that the way something is presented or explained the first time may not the best way to remember it for the long term. Your job is to organize the information for learning — rearranging, grouping, chunking — information together so that you can develop a better conceptual understanding.

Note: Your work following the lecture will determine how much work it will require to be ready for the exam.
Here are some tips (most are borrowed from Ross University School of Medicine):

  • Allow approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours to work through a lecture handout. Your goal is to produce a study product during this time. Working through lectures at this speed will help you to stay on track and keep up with the demand of lectures.
  • After that time, switch lectures or topics. If you didn't finish, plan a time to come back to it. Changing topics may help you see connections between subject and/or clarify difficult points. When you return to the unfinished lecture, include a quick review of what you did earlier.

Creating a Product

Ask yourself: 

  • What is the big picture of this lecture? Can you summarize this in one or two sentences?
  • Are there any words you need to confirm or clarify the meaning? What is it? Where is it found? When is it used? What does it do? Can you think of causes/effects? Compare and contrast words. Think about sources of possible confusion.
  • Did the lecture have any processes or sequences described? Explain the function of each step. Try to sketch it out or talk it out.
  • What symptoms would be produced if (process, structure) were damaged?
  • What is the best way to organize this material for learning and understanding? What is the best way to represent this organization? Options: table, concept map, diagram, paragraph, outline.
  • As you are working you may discover a better way to organize the material. It's OK to start again. This is not wasted time. The new insights and understanding, and the repetition are valuable aspects of learning.
  • What questions do you still have?

Review session(s)

  • Answer some multiple questions on the topic. Use this to assess your understanding. Include any additional information or details to your study product.
  • Continue to plan time for review, probably the weekends. Remember that study products are dynamic. As you learn more or discover new connections, your products may change.