What better way to prepare for a morning of greek lectures than by revising some greek? What way indeed?
A few things I’ve noticed this semester:
- the first half of semester was much easier than the second
- if you skip a concept, or don’t learn it thoroughly, there won’t be time to go back: there’s a tonne of new things to learn every week
- for some reason, I don’t pray much about my language learning: it’s probably a pattern i’ve picked up from other study.
It won’t surprise you to learn that lecturers will pray at the start and the end of lectures, but that’s a three hour block: if you arrive late, you’ll miss that altogether, and it can seem a lot like studying at a secular institution. Combine that with the part-time student pattern of not being on-site for chapel (a kind of hour-long church service) or pastoral care groups, and it can be quite a spiritually dry time, if you let it be.
In my case, i’ve already established some friendship with a number of lecturers: if you are prepared to ask for some time with them, then they’re always happy to provide face time and wise counsel. I worry – perhaps needlessly – that less bold students might slip through the cracks at times.