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How to Use the Online Lectures

Watch with a friend, and talk. Take notes. Use the 2x speed option. Skip around. Most importantly, ask questions.


You can use the online lectures however you like, of course. You know how you learn best. But I do have some ideas ...

Watch with a friend, and talk as you watch.

Take notes. (The notes on these pages are intended to provide some key quotes and a list of references to save you some writing; they do not cover everything in the lecture recordings.)

Speed the videos up. I try to speak slowly enough that you may be able to watch at 1.5x or 2x speed.

The lecture notes do not cover everything in the recording; the recording does not cover everything in the lecture notes. Despite this, you are not expected to both read everything and watch everything. Be selective.

If you understand a lecture recording, you probably don’t need to read the notes as well.[1] Alternatively, reading the notes might mean you don’t need to watch the recording (if in doubt, use the slides only tab to quickly see what is in the recording).

Skip around. If it’s too boring, move on. Don’t aim to use all the recordings and notes.

Use the search function (top of each page).

Don’t feel pressure to complete everything. Do what you find fulfiling.

Most importantly, ask questions:

  • Put them to your lecture buddy or buddies.
  • Ask them in for the next Whole-Class Live Question Session.
  • Ask them in your seminar.

Ask a Question

Your question will normally be answered in the question session of the next lecture.

More information about asking questions.


  1. And you are not required to read the footnotes. ↩︎