The most comprehensive note taking systems
require attention on your part. You must be
alert enough in class to take legible,
meaningful notes. You can't rely on "writing
everything down" because a lot of information in
a given lecture won't help you actually learn
the material. If you have problems determining
the specific relevant points in a particular
class, you can always ask the professor to
clarify them for you.
The 2-6 Method: The 2-6 refers to the way you
divide the space on your notepaper. Make two
columns, using the red line on the left of the
page as your border. Then, when you take notes
in class, use the 6 column for the notes and the
smaller 2 column on the left as a highlighting
system. Write main headings and important points
on the left, including material you think you
will be tested on. When you're finished, you
should have a comprehensive page of information
that you can quickly scan for important points.
Studying is 99% perspiration; if you give it a
real, concentrated effort over the course of a
semester you will see an improvement. Your
academic success is entirely up to you.
- By George Mason University
Split Page Method
Class lectures and your textbook--they're the
primary sources of course content and you need
to learn both. So combine them with the split
page method of taking notes. Just divide your
notebook page in half lengthwise. Draw a line
down the middle of the page.
class notes on one side of the page and outline
the text on the other side. When you study
you'll have both. Class notes and text together,
integrated. Some students find it helpful to add
a third column for questions they need to ask
- By Sherry Reynolds
Using Group Notes
Are you tired of struggling to keep up with a
lecture while copying page after page of notes
in class? My advice? Don't take the notes -- at
least not every day. Instead, form a group with
some of your classmates and take turns taking
good class notes.
it's not your day to be the note-taker, really
concentrate on what is being said in class. You
might want to jot down a few particularly
important points, but mostly try to participate
questions when you can't understand the point
your teacher is trying to get across, and score
points by answering questions your teacher asks.
After class you can either photocopy the notes
from your classmate, or better yet, copy them
over by hand while reviewing in your mind what
happened in class.
- By Fred Weening
Secrets to Taking Better Notes
As a writer for Edinboro University and its
Alumni News magazine, I spend a lot of time
interviewing skill is taking good notes--a skill
that is just as valuable in the classroom. There
is no magic to taking good notes, just common
sense. It's simply a matter of being thorough
and accurate. Now, not many people can write
fast enough to capture everything their
professor says in class, so it is a good idea to
also use a tape recorder.
way you won't miss something while you write,
and you can double-check the tape for accuracy.
Whether you use a recorder or not, it's
important to transcribe your notes as soon as
possible while the subject is still fresh in
your mind. By re-writing or re-typing your
notes, you become more familiar with the
material. You mentally reinforce what was said
in class. And you get practice writing the
information, making it easier to write the
material a second time whether it be for a test
or a term paper.
- By Brian Pitzer
Are your grades as good as you want them to be?
Are your notes worth reviewing? Notes are
phrases and abbreviations that we hurriedly jot
down while trying to follow a lecture.
Later, when we go back to review our notes,
there are times when we can't seem to understand
or remember what those key words and phrases
meant; sometimes we can't even read our own
handwriting. Here is a note-taking study tip
that has proven to be effective.
you have finished class, immediately rush to the
nearest computer lab and retype your notes. You
need to rewrite those phrases as complete
thoughts and sentences; dot your I's, cross your
T's and use "cut and paste" to put your notes
into some type of a logical sequence. While
retyping your notes you are using several
modalities: you review as you read your notes
aloud, you use your hand to type, and you reread
again as you proof read what you have typed.
Research indicates that 80% of new material can
be recalled if you review notes within the first
24 hours of presentation.
clean typed notes are easier to read and
highlight as you study. If you retype your notes
daily, you will keep the task from becoming
overwhelming, you will learn good study habits
that aid in memory retention and, at the same
time, improve your grades.
- By Janet Jenkins
The most important advice I can give to you is
to make sure you attend your classes. Attendance
in class enhances the chance you'll get a
passing grade in a course. In addition to
attending class, it is important to brush up on
your note-taking skills to really achieve
optimum success. Some general recommendations
for improving note-taking skills are to:
Read all textbook material relevant to the topic
being covered prior to attending class.
Make sure you take notes in class. If you fail
to take notes, much of what you learn from the
lecture will be forgotten in a few days. If you
have something written down on paper, you can
always refer to the material later.
Ask professors who lecture too fast if you can
tape record their lecture. You'll generally find
that many professors are willing to assist you
in your efforts to gain as much from their
lecture as possible.
By attending class and utilizing the note-taking
techniques just described, your chances for
success in college will increase significantly.
- By Kiran Misra
Prepare for the lecture
The greatest advantage is that
You are familiar with the subject
You know what to ask
You are not going to waste time by writing
down stuff that is already there in
Your study material. Rather, you know what
to write, where to pick links and
to clear your concepts.
By the time the lecture is over, you are in a
much clearer state of mind. This way, taking
down notes becomes more meaningful and worth the
time you spent doing it.
- By Ms. Sreelatha Anand
This may take a little bit longer but it will
work. Just give it a chance. When you are taking
notes change the color of your pen! Don't write
in blue or black ink.
Writing in color will help you retain 50% - 80%
more of the information without reading it a
second time (also highlight in purple). I am a
teacher of adult education and this is the rule
for my class room.
- By Nicole Watts