of taking notes:
how to take good notes in class is an important part of study preparation. The
information provided and topics covered by your instructors are what you will be studying.
If you dont take good notes in class you wont know what to study once
class is over.
BEFORE the Lecture:
syllabus for topic of lecture and corresponding chapter in text
to be read
Review your notes from your previous class - your instructor will build on the previous lesson.
Complete all reading assignments - Read
and/or outline the chapter before going to lecture - so you will have a better understanding of the new concepts that will be introduced.
arriving at class, choose a seat close to the front
Make sure you have enough notepaper, pen and/or pencils for taking notes.
arriving at class (early), choose a seat close to the front - be sure that you can hear the presentation.
Take Effective Notes DURING Class:
sure to stay focused. Paying attention to what your teacher is saying is essential
to taking good notes in class.
You want to include all the important information
in your notes but you dont want to write down every sing word. If you try
to write down everything your teacher says youre sure to miss important
Listen for signal statements such as The most important
, Dont forget that
, Remember that
or The test will include
. When you hear these statements youll
know that to start writing.
Copy what's on the board.
Write down anything that is repeated several times.
record dates, names, etc.
notes readable (Dont crowd, use only one side, leave room
at left for questions, topics, definitions, and additional information)
notes in an outline form with distinguishing topics as well as labeling
each page with name, date, class, topic
Make sure to write quickly
so that you can cover all the important topics in your notes. You may also consider
abbreviating certain words in order to save time.
you get behind or dont understand a concept make a mark (?) on your paper to
remind you to come back and review the subject in more detail but keep taking
notes and keep up with the pace of your teacher.
Main methods of Taking Notes
Method - most common used
AFTER Class: "Rewrite and Review Your Notes"
and Review your notes after each a class as soon as possible is the final step to taking effective notes.
your notes will give you the opportunity review concepts the were difficult to
understand while theyre still fresh in your mind, change abbreviated works
into complete words, and answer questions you had during class.
Use your text book or other resources to fill in the blanks or questions that you had during the class period.
the lecture against the outline of the corresponding text chapter;
if some material wasnt covered, find out why
Check with the instructor or other students to see that you did not miss anything important.
assignments, references given during the lecture
effective notes will help you better prepare for tests and learn more in the process.
Top 10 Notetaking Tips