Some time ago, I submitted a post about different learning styles and study techniques, but I think it’s worth talking about the different teaching styles I’ve come across during my time here. As with anywhere else I’ve been, I respond really well to some instructors, but have to work a little harder to get on the same page with others. Some professors straight up lecture, some professors are in the middle, and I’ve come across a few who like to mix things up to keep your attention. In a perfect world, every professor would be amazing, and students would take something from lecture every day. In the practical world though, this isn’t always the case (which is not to take anything away from any of the professors I’ve interacted with, because they’re literally all brilliant). So how do you navigate your education when your learning style and the professor’s teaching style have artistic differences?
First, it will require much more of your time when your learning style and the professor’s teaching style don’t quite mesh. Time management can always be difficult, but if you’re struggling with a particular subject, think about making a small amount of time each day for it. Reading a small amount each day is significantly easier than reading larger volumes closer to test time. Also, you’ll likely have questions you hadn’t thought about in lecture, and it’s always better to find that out well before an exam!
Second, try to organize your notes in a manner that’s more conducive to your study habits. In some cases, it’s just a matter of how the information is presented to you, so reorganizing it may do a world of good.
If all else fails, you and the professor in question should probably get on a first name basis. For the most part, professors are always willing to help if they see you putting in the effort. I have personally experienced this for several classes in which I would have otherwise been completely lost.
Good luck, and hope it helps!