There are a lot of changes that will encounter when you transition from high school to university. One of the significant changes that you might see on the very first days is the lecture. Normally, your class in high school is small, however the size of a lecture hall is much bigger. Not to mention that in most of the school classrooms you have to sit in the same seat every day, while in a lecture hall you are free to choose to sit on whichever seat is available.


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Since there are so many differences, you might feel awkward when entering a lecture hall. That is the reason why you should learn m­ore about what you should and shouldn’t do inside a lecture. Knowing about these do’s and don’ts will help you to focus during a lecture and avoid making other students inside the lecture feel uncomfortable.

Here is the list of what you should and should not do:

Where to and not to sit


  • If you come early, don’t sit in the last row. Instead, go for the middle row seat.
  • In case there is only one end of the row where people can enter, you should sit on the other end.
  • In case you come to the lecture earlier and have to get out of the lecture before it ends, you can sit in the last row. However, you should choose the row with fewer seats. Be prepared and don’t complain if other people ask you to let them go through to other empty seats.

How to enter the lecture when you are late

I know some students when they turn up late for the lectures, they would stomp their ways up the stairs. They don’t sit down quietly to any seat closer to the door. Instead, they walk all the way to find a good seat in the middle of the room. And surely, that is the thing that you shouldn’t do inside a lecture. Other people will lose their attention when you walk not so quietly.

Here is the thing that you should do to enter the lecture hall when you are late.

  • Sneak in quietly.
  • Remember to look through the door to find the nearest empty seat before opening the door and walk in.
  • You don’t have to apologize to the professor right away as it will surely distract him when he is lecturing other students.

How to stay quiet and prevent yourself from making too much noise

It is important to stay quiet during the lecture. You will do yourself and other people a lot of favours if you stay quiet and focused on the lecture. First of all, other people will be able to listen to the lecture well if there is no noise around them. Second of all, you will enjoy the lecture if you focus, stay quiet and take good notes.

  • You shouldn’t talk to other people around you.
  • Of course, you can exchange some pieces of information but keep it as quiet and as little as possible. You can freely talk to your friends during the break or after the lecture.
  • You also shouldn’t listen to music, even with your headphones The tiny bit of sound that escapes from the headphone will be extremely annoying within the quiet surrounding.

You can choose either to take notes using a pen or a pencil into a notebook. Or you can prefer typing notes onto your laptop. However, try not to make a lot of noises when you type. I myself prefer to take notes in a notebook as it is easier, quicker, and quieter and you can easily stretch the ideas into the notebook than when you do it on a laptop.

How to deal with your food while you are in a lecture

You shouldn’t bring any kind of food which is smelly to the lecture. I know that it annoys you sometimes when you smell food with strong flavours from other students. Don’t do the same thing.

  • And when you have something to eat during the lecture, don’t eat it loudly.
  • Avoid loud food like chips or crackers as well. As I mentioned above, you should show respect to other people by keeping all of your activities quietly. Hence, it would be rude if you eat loudly.

Some lecture halls only allow you to bring water, not food, inside. These rules might be easily seen with stickers on the front doors of the lecture hall. Always check these rules to see if you can enter a lecture hall with food or not.

In my opinion, you shouldn’t eat during any lecture as it is unhygienic and makes you lose focus on the lecture. And how can you take not while you are eating?

  • Try your best to eat before the lecture. A rumbling belly will prevent you from staying focused as well.
  • Or if you can’t eat before the lecture, wait until the lecture ends. Most of the lectures will only last from 1 to 2 hours and there will be breaks for you to catch a few things to eat.

How to use your phone inside the lecture


  • Most importantly, put your phone on silent during the lecture.
  • Turn off any alarm as well.
  • Don’t use the phone for playing games or browsing your social media page. You can do these things anytime else besides the lecture’s hours.

It is worth noting that some lecturers don’t like seeing their students playing around with their phone during the lecture. You will make a bad impression if you do so. And if you want to have a good relationship with your professors, you should give your lecture a full attention.

Other do’s and don’ts

  • Don’t raise your hand and ask questions frequently. Unless the professors state that you can ask questions during the lecture, leave your unanswered questions towards the Q&A section at the end of the lecture.
  • Go to sleep early if you have an early lecture in the morning. Avoid going party the day before.
  • If you are tired, don’t go to the lecture. There is no point in attending the lecture if you can’t focus throughout the session.
  • And in case you have to skip a class, remember to catch up. Most of the lectures will have the relevant materials, presentations and slides uploaded. Make sure you read these materials before the next lecture. You can also ask for notes from other people.

Here are some of the things that you should and shouldn’t do inside the lecture. While there are a lot of things that you should know about, they are pretty common sense, and hence, quite easy to follow. If you follow all of these do’s and don’ts, I am sure that you will be able to handle every situation inside the lecture hall very well. After all, lectures will be much more fun than you imagine and I am sure that you will enjoy them and benefit from them as much as I do. Thousands of booksellers - millions of books.

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