Lectures at university
Remember that the ‘Origins of Life’ lecture was just about five minutes long. Most university lectures are 50 minutes or longer. There will be an awful lot of information delivered in this time. You need to be very selective about the material you do use from the lecture and the extra reading you will do, otherwise you will become overwhelmed by the workload.
You will be guided in the extra reading you need to do through reading lists, but the most absorbing and rewarding work comes from questions you ask yourself, and material you find yourself. Being able to question, research and think about issues raised from lecture material are critical skills that are really valued by university lecturers.