I am trying to become more effective in my study habits and in my case, I feel that attending classes is a huge waste of my time. The lecturer just keeps writing formulas on the board and to be honest, I am simply too busy just rewriting all those symbols to really understand what is being taught. I only really understand when I slowly go through the textbook and do the exercises.
Perhaps it is just my learning style, but I have the impression that only one or two students are really following the math lectures (and they are probably the ones who carefully read the material before the lecture), and the rest are just a bunch of robots attending because they have been told that they have to, or are afraid to miss some important hints for the exam. But I feel that spending that much time in class just to get an edge in an exam is quite ineffective.
It seems to point out that the best way to take advantage of the lectures is to get acquainted with the material first. But I am not sure if this is the most effective way to go. Isn't that more time consuming this way because once you understand the concept from the book, you would not need another hour to expose the same concepts and examples again. And reading a book is much more time consuming than an lecture. Or does it really help to reinforce the material and fill some gaps in understanding? Hard to say.
So, is a lecture meant mostly as a complement or substitute for reading the textbook?
Do I have to admit that I am too stupid to follow the lectures and write what is on the board at the same time?