What to Expect in Your Classes

Students sitting in lecture theatre

All students are required to attend lecture classes as well as tutorials, workshop or practical sessions, depending on which units they are enrolled in.


Lectures are usually large classes and a lecturer presents the information using a variety of visual and auditory resources. Most lectures are recorded and available to students via Lectopia. Whilst you are expected to attend lectures, there are times when this may not be possible or you may wish to review a lecture you have already heard. So please ensure you access Lectopia to keep up with your unit content. For more information and help using Lectopia refer to MyMedia Service.

When you are attending a lecture you can you gain the most from these sessions by taking notes. Note- taking is not just about recording what you have heard, but actually helps you make sense of the lecture, both at the time and in subsequent revision. Note-taking assists you to maintain your concentration throughout the lecture and helps you listen actively and think about what is being said. If you need to refine your note-taking skills and strategies check Student Learning workshops for workshop opportunities.

Tutorials/Workshops/Practical Sessions

Tutorials or practical groups are usually smaller groups run in conjunction with lecture courses, which include discussion or demonstration of material. You sign up for these sessions during the first week of semester. You will be expected to share your ideas but remember: you don't have to know it all! You are there to learn and part of learning is asking questions (even the ones that may seem obvious).

You will be expected to prepare for tutorials by completing any required readings, completing any preparatory tasks and thinking about the topic. In some units the contribution you make to tutorials will be assessable. Lecturers also often record attendance at tutorials which may contribute towards your final mark.