Note Taking

Note Taking

A critical part of academic success is taking good notes so you have accurate information to study.  There are several different types of note taking.  The most common types include: Cornell Notes, Outlining, Mind Maps (also known as Concept Mapping), Comparison Charts and Hierarchies.  Depending on the subject, you most likely, will need to vary your note taking style. 

Note Taking Tips                    

 Familiarize yourself with the material before class (read the new material or review the PowerPoint presentation prior to class, review the notes from past class just before going into class).

 Go to class with an intention to listen.

 Sit close to the instructor so you can hear and pay attention easily.

 If you missed a concept leave a blank in your notes and continue to write.

 Listen for key phrases or emphasis words such as:

Ordinal position words (First, second, third, fourth etc.)
Cause or effect
Resulted in…
A key factor in…
Major concepts are
Remember the following…
You will hear and see this again….
This is important….

 Use symbols and abbreviations when possible. 

  Keep an open mind.  Don’t emotionally react to information.  (Example- student thinks, “This prof. is crazy, I don’t want to be here listening to this stuff.”)

 Listen for ideas, not just facts.

 Write down examples.

 If you have a question, RAISE YOUR HAND and ask for clarification.

 Date your notes and use headings.

 Keep notes in order and in one place.

 Interact with your notes within 24 hours of writing them.


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