How to focus on pre-recorded lectures

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In this video post, Dr Sarah Ivory, talks about how to stay focused when using pre-recorded lectures, and at other times, like when reading articles or books. This is a re-post of the original video published in October 2020, on the Hybrid Exchange. This post forms part of the Hot Topic theme: Revisiting the Hybrid Teaching Exchange.

Want to learn how to focus better? In this 25-minute video, Sarah explores why focus is so important, and provides advice on how to focus. In the current context, with so many students still learning remotely and alone, this is an incredibly useful investment of time for all students trying to make the most of this learning environment, as well as for staff interested in supporting their students to understand the science behind focusing in lectures.

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Dr Sarah Birrell Ivory is a Lecturer in the Business School. After almost ten years working in the business world she transitioned to an academic career. She has been working at The University of Edinburgh for almost a decade, teaching MBA, Masters and Undergraduate students. Her research explores sustainability, social enterprise, and more recently, the pedagogy of critical thinking. She has recently released a book with Oxford University Press entitled ‘Becoming a Critical Thinker: for your university studies and beyond’. She has a B.Com (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, an MBA from Melbourne Business School, and a MSc (By Research) and PhD from The University of Edinburgh. You can find more information at

Twitter: @drsarahivory

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