How To Take Effective Class Notes

How To Take Effective Class Notes

One daily task that students have to deal with is taking down notes. Your class notes do not only leave you with something to study, but they also help your mind in processing, analyzing, and interpreting information. This means that taking effective notes can lead to better performance in school. Here is how you can start taking more effective class notes.

Before class

Enhancing your note-taking skills begins well before you enter the classroom. As in any other endeavor that you want to succeed in, preparation is key toward taking effective class notes. Begin by preparing the materials you need. Put together the books, papers, notebooks, pens, pencils, and highlighters that you commonly use for taking notes. Make sure you are prepared for your next lesson by doing some advanced reading. Familiarizing yourself with the words, topics, and concepts that are likely to come up is the first step toward taking better notes. If you are already familiar with these terms, chances are you will be using your own shortcuts in writing them down. This lets you note down more information about these terms.

During class

Now that you have a good idea of what you will encounter in the next lesson, you are prepared to listen. Listening is one of the most important factors in learning and note-taking. Instead of eagerly waiting to write down each and every word your teacher says, you should listen to what he or she is saying. This is when your studying and preparation will pay off. Also take note of your teacher’s tone, body language, and teaching strategies, which can all help you comprehend the lesson better.

If you’ve read the reference materials beforehand, you know the pieces of information your teacher is stating which are not found in the textbook or the handouts. These are the items that you should be jotting down in your notebook.

Here are tips on writing notes:

* Use lists – Bullet points, numbered lists, or any type of list is a great way to take down information quickly and effectively
* Use signs and symbols – Arrows, stars, lines, underlining, letter size – all of these signs and symbols can be used to help you understand your notes better
* Leave extra space – Leaving some space in your notebook will allow you to make extra notes the next time you read through your notebook.

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