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TAKING AND STUDYING CLASSROOM NOTES. Take effective classroom notes Study and remember your notes. 13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES . 1. Get down a complete and written record of each class. when in doubt, write it down

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TAKING AND STUDYING CLASSROOM NOTES

Take effective classroom notes

Study and remember your notes


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

1. Get down a complete and written record of each class.

  • when in doubt, write it down

  • the more complete your notes, the more likely you are to master the material

  • writing too much, rather than too little, may mean the difference between passing and failing


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

2. Sit where the teacher can see you, preferably near the front of the room.

  • your position will help you stay tuned to what is happening in class

  • check your attitude: are you hiding to avoid being called on, or are you out of sight because you don’t really want to be there?


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

3. Read in advance.

  • by doing advance reading, you will be able to listen and take notes more easily and with greater understanding

  • this becomes even more important when the subject is a difficult one for you


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

4. Record notes like this:

  • Use 8½ x 11 paper

  • Keep notes from each course/subject in a separate loose-leaf notebook

  • Date each day’s notes

  • Take notes on only one side of the paper

  • Write legibly

  • Abbreviate recurring terms

  • Circle exam dates and enter a large “A” for assignment in the margin


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

5. Try to write down notes in outline form.

  • Main points

    • Secondary points

    • Supporting details

      • Subordinate details (such as examples)


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

6. Watch for signs of importance.

Write down:

  • what your teacher writes on the board

  • definitions or lists

  • what the teacher emphasizes

  • repeated points

  • points emphasized by voice cues


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

7. Write down any examples the teacher provides

  • Mark these with “ex”


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

8. Record details that connect or explain main points.

  • Bridges between key ideas help you remember the relationship

  • Record explanations for formulas or numerical problems


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

9. Leave blank spaces for items or ideas you miss.

  • Ask another student or your teacher to fill in the gaps right after class

  • If you fall behind in taking notes, try to get down at least the main idea


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

10. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you become confused.

  • Others are likely to have the same questions

  • Teachers look favorably on students who show interest and curiosity


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

11. Keep taking notes during discussion.

  • Valuable ideas may come up that are not presented formally by the teacher


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

12. Keep taking notes at the end of the class.

  • Teachers may cram important points into the last minutes of class

  • Prepare to write rapidly

  • Resist fatigue and daydreaming


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13 HINTS FOR TAKING CLASSROOM NOTES

13. Review your notes.

  • As soon as possible after class

  • Finish incomplete sentences/ideas

  • Write out abbreviations

  • Mark important ideas, lists, definitions

  • Improve the organization to accent main ideas and supporting points


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STUDYING CLASS NOTES

Review within 24 hours.

  • Forgetting begins immediately

  • A few minutes now gives you more learning for less time and effort


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STUDYING CLASS NOTES

Use the margin space.

  • Jot down key words or phrases that will help you recall the main ideas


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STUDYING CLASS NOTES

Turn the margin words into questions.

  • Test yourself on the material

  • Test on each new question and repeat the previous questions until you have them memorized


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PRACTICE TAKING NOTES

Lecture about listening.

  • What is the listening problem that many people have?

  • What are common talking and listening speeds?

  • What are 3 techniques to help you pay attention when someone else is talking?

  • What is the most important step you can take to become a better listener?


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