Listening and speaking skills are crucial to your success at university. When you attend lectures, strong listening skills are essential. Not only will you be listening to your professors speak about abstract, complex concepts, you will also need to take effective notes that summarize and help you learn the material.
Effective listening in lectures includes:
Oral communication skills are essential to convey your understanding of course materials and participate fully in the classroom discussions and presentations. Your professors and TAs often want students to communicate amongst themselves in small discussion groups, and some professors require in-class presentations for one of the assignments. Having the confidence to speak with – or in front of – your professors and peers can be a struggle for all students. With stronger speaking skills, you can feel comfortable doing the following:
With better oral communication skills, you can enjoy greater participation in campus life. Studies show that students who are more actively involved in campus life end up with better grades. The more personally fulfilling you find the campus experience, the more dedicated you will be to participating and making the most of the opportunities available to you at university.