Good Listening Habits

Developing Good Listening Habits



One of the biggest problems of the world today is that there are too many people who want to be heard but too few who want to listen.  What these people tend to forget is that there is much more to be gained by listening.  Take school for example.  Some students trudge through their classes with heavy hearts, the lectures breezing through their brains like white noise.  Then, before they know it, an hour has gone by and the class is over and they have gained absolutely nothing.  To be fair, some try to pay attention but fail halfway through. The only problem with this is that you don’t know how much you’ve lost just by not paying attention, and you’ll realize this only during crucial moments such as exams or quizzes.  This is why you should learn how to ‘really listen’ before it’s too late.  Here are some tips that you can apply should you want to develop good listening habits before you lag behind too much on your studies:


Be honest to yourself



One of the easiest things in the world to do is to ‘pretend’.  Be honest, how often do you just pretend to listen when you’re in class? If you’re like most of the other students, then the answer is probably ‘very often’. We pretend to listen when we’re too lazy to think but do not want to risk the teacher’s wrath.  We daydream when we should be learning, and by doing so, we’re not just cheating the teacher, but ourselves as well. So, the first step to developing active listening is to simply be honest to yourself.  Don’t just pretend to listen, do it. Whenever you catch yourself thinking about something else during a lecture, straighten up and renew your focus.  In time, you will start daydreaming less and less and build your concentration.


Shatter your Biases



Most students are biased when it comes to lectures.  Before one even starts, they write it off as ‘boring’ and judge the lecturers more harshly than they deserve. This closed-mindedness can act like an impenetrable wall while studying.  Important information will not be absorbed simply because you have automatically written the lecture off as ‘boring’ and therefore not worth your time.  If you can greet every class with an open mind, then you will be more willing to learn and more receptive to new knowledge.


Take Down Notes



Keeping your concentration, however, is harder than it sounds.  But, there are certain things that you can do to improve your focus and one of them is note-taking.  Taking down notes can keep you at your feet, forcing you to concentrate on what the lecturer is saying so that you can jot them down.  There’s also the added benefit of having something to review afterwards.