You have read all the information and textbook references for a lesson, you have completed, marked and followed up the activities … time for a cup of tea? Definitely! But before you go on to the next lesson, spend twenty minutes or so on the end section.
The end section begins with a list of key words. Sometimes there are just a few, and on other occasions there are lots. It is important that you know exactly what each one means. You must read back over the lesson to check up on those you aren’t familiar with. Mark any that you are not certain about so you can discuss them with your tutor. Some students have found it useful to compile their own glossary of key words. If you do this on a spreadsheet then you can sort it into alphabetical order. There are many excellent subject-specific dictionaries available in bookshops. If you have one of these, it can shorten the time needed to look up definitions.
The next part is the summary. If any of this looks unfamiliar then you really need to spend some more time reading the text book or the information in the folder and contact your tutor for help.
The two parts which really tell you if you are ready for the next lesson are What you need to know and What you might be asked to do. Read each statement very carefully. Tick it off if you are happy that you know what is required. Make a few additional notes to get things straight in your mind. If you are unsure about any of the points, or just want to check that you are correct, make sure you discuss it with your tutor.
The answers to activities and self assessment test (if applicable) are right at the end of the lesson. You should have used these when marking your work during the lesson.
Once you have used the information in the end section to check you have understood all that you need from the lesson, you are ready to start the next one. Don’t forget to email or telephone your tutor with any queries you have. The sooner you sort out any areas of doubt that you have, the better it will be for your overall understanding of your subject.