Lecture Strategy


by Cristina DeSouza.

Cristina offers some video instruction on how to get the most from lectures, covering pre-, mid-, and post-lecture phases.


When I started my Law degree, I did not know what preparing for lectures involved and felt I was thrown in at the deep end with long reading lists and assignments.

Through trial and (many!) errors, I found a structure that works for me and which anyone in university can follow and personalise to suit their needs. My aim in this video is to illustrate this approach with visual aids and to give practical advice and tips.



  • Laptop
  • Phone
  • Condenser microphone
  • Video Editor on Microsoft Photos
  • Audacity
  • OpenShot Video Editor
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
  • Stationery
  • My visual notes



I wrote the script for the video on a Word document and recorded myself using a condenser microphone.

Using a software application called Audacity, I edited the recording by removing long silences and ensuring the noise in the background was kept to a minimum.

Videoing myself taking pre-lecture notes was a fun task! I used a pile of textbooks and a clipboard to balance my phone to achieve the bird’s eye view.

I used PowerPoint to create slides and other visuals and saved them as GIFs to be able to add them on the storyboard. I then created the title, dividing and concluding pages on Video Editor on Microsoft Photos and added the ‘Happy Beat’ background music and ‘Joy’ animated text style.

I uploaded all the images, videos and audio onto another software application called OpenShot Video Editor. This part of the editing process took the longest as the audio and the video elements needed to be aligned on the storyboard with some transition effects.


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