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What is a lecture, a Tutorial and a lab? How they are different?

Lecture vs. Tutorial vs. Labs

  1. A Lecture is probably the most standard, form of University instruction. You might recognize this from TV shows or movies, it is usually characterized by a large number of students, gathering in a large hall sitting and listening to a Professor or instructor discuss a particular topic for anywhere from 1-3 hours.

Attendance will not be checked by Professor and all lecture is recorded by university and student can watch it at home through online.

Student can find lecture note at student portal site, and need to print and bring it to lecture.

  1. Tutorials operate in conjunction with lectures, they usually occur either before or after the lecture with smaller groups of students working with a T.A (teaching assistant) or Professor. In tutorials you have the opportunity to engage with the course material more directly than you do in lecture. You have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the importance/ significance of the readings to the course objectives. Tutorials generally last anywhere from 1-2 hrs depending on the class.

Attendance is always checked by teacher as well as assignment. Student bring questions and share information with classmate and freely discuss with other in tutorial.

  1. Labs are very similar to tutorials in that they also occur either before or after the lecture, and they are smaller groups of students working with a TA going over specific lab components affiliated with the course. Labs usually last anywhere from 1-2 hrs depending on the class. Most of Business and Commerce related majors do not have labs class but Science, Engineering and Computing Majors have it

Labs record attendance like tutorial, and both have participation points allocated to them. This can be a less intimidating way for students to engage with material and TA’s/ course directors. That being said I would highly recommend attending both lectures and tutorials/ labs, since they are a great way to ask your questions and get more familiar and comfortable with course material.

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