In college you will learn that you need to use all of your time both in and out of class wisely. While you are in class, you can make the most of your time by taking notes. A few reasons as to why taking notes are so important are:
It may seem obvious, but without staying organized your class notes may not be very helpful to you. You should keep all of your notes for each class together in one place, as well as date each class’s notes so that it is easier to refer back to. To stay as organized as possible you need to think about what you need to do before, during and after class.
One of the main problems that students face when trying to take notes is that their instructor talks too fast for them to write anything down. Here are a few tips to help you with any fast-talking instructors:
Focus your attention mainly on key points the instructor makes. Choose what you think is the most important.
Exchange notes with others in your class. Maybe they wrote something that you missed or vice versa.
Leave empty spaces in your notes so that you can go back to them after class and fill them in.
Go to the instructor after class to ask him/her what you missed and ask if they could slow down some.
Take detailed notes on your reading.
Ask the instructor if you could bring a tape recorder into class. But this should only be used as a last resort.
Ask the instructor if there is another class that you could attend to hear the lecture for a second time.
Do’s and Don’ts of Note-taking:
|· Look over notes before class||· Sit near friends or other distractions|
|· Attend all lectures||· Write down only facts and definitions|
|· Sit up straight and pay attention||· Doodle on your notes too much|
|· Sit near the front so that you can see
and hear clearly
|· Consider any example the instructor
gives you as too obvious
|· Use a loose-leaf binder||· Use spiral bound notebooks|
|· Keep your notes neat and
organized so you can understand
|· Just wait for something important, write
as much as you can
· Use too many abbreviations
|· Record examples the instructor
|· Keep separate binders for each
|· Include your own thoughts in your
|· Capture the lecturer’s ideas as well
Another Note-taking Resource: Note Taking Help | Free Note Taking Strategy Tips
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