Attending lectures and tutorials

Even if you don't have attendance requirements you will get more out of your unit and course if you attend and participate in your lectures and tutorials. Use the resources on this page to develop your skills to make the most of your classes.

Think you're ready? Why not take the University of Melbourne (2015) (opens in a new window) Seminar and Tutorial Participation quiz. Not only can it provide you with an idea of where you're at, it provides helpful suggestions on proactive next steps.

Active participation

Part of your role as a student is to be part of the discussion in class. Discussion helps you engage with, learn, and generate new ideas.

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download guide on preparing to participatePreparing to participate Find ideas and practical steps to help you prepare well for active participation in your classes.

Download guide on communicating your ideas

Communicating your ideas Find suggestions and reflections to help you communicate your ideas effectively in class.         

Download guide on online participation

Online participation

Find tips to get you started with discussion boards, video conferencing, and communicating appropriately with 'netiquette'.

Active listening

Learn how to do more than just listen passively.

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Download guide on active listeningActive listening Learn some principles and strategies for getting the most out of your listening time.


In this section you'll find helpful tips for different note-taking strategies that you can use during class.

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Download 'Why take notes' guideWhy take notes Learn why note-taking is important and how it affects your memory.

Download guide on approaches to learning

Approaches to learning Learn about some different approaches to learning and how they affect note-taking strategies.         
Download guide on note-taking techniquesNote-taking techniques See different examples of note-taking techniques.        
Download guide on visual thinkingVisual thinking Learn about visual thinking and how you can use it to take effective notes.

Download guide on transforming notes

Transforming notes Find practical tips for how to store and manage your notes so you can use them effectively after the lecture. 
Download general note-taking advice guideGeneral note-taking advice Learn about using abbreviations in your notes, keyboard shortcuts, and taking notes while reading.

Study resources

Ultimately, preparation with follow-up is key to making the most of your lectures and tutorials. It doesn't necessarily mean denying any other life activities apart from uni, but it does take a level of commitment. To make this even easier to get a handle on, below are some helpful resources that you'll need to use during your time at university to prepare for your units.

Other Western resources

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Access vUWS (views)


Western Sydney University's online learning management system. Your online learning will be conducted via this system.

Access learning guides

Learning guides (login required)

Find all the details about your unit, including assessments, readings and resources, and learning activities.

Access Turnitin guides

Turnitin guides

Learn how to submit your assignment via Turnitin.

Access Library 101 tutorial

Library 101

Learn how to use the Library effectively.

Access Assistive Technology website

Assistive Technology

Learn about technology that can help you overcome barriers to your learning.

Drop into a campus library (opens in a new window) and ask Library staff or chat with an Online Librarian (opens in a new window) or ask a study expert.