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Still one of the main ways of conveying information to students, in the medieval period lectures came in several varieties. Cursory lectures were given by BAs, and consisted of a reading of a text (since texts as such were beyond the means of most students), perhaps accompanied by a very elementary commentary. Ordinary lectures, were given between 6.0 and 9.0 a.m., and were delivered by regent masters for at least one year after their inception; they might be attended by both undergraduates and BAs, and consisted of a detailed commentary on a specific text. Extraordinary lectures might be read by a master or bachelor on any day other than a dies legibilis, on any premises, and on any topic.