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Are Your Notes Like Swiss Cheese?. Too Many Holes!. A Workshop On Note Taking Skills Brought to you by the UC Clermont Learning Center. What We Will Cover. How To Get The Most Out Of A Lecture. Listening Skills. The Day Dreaming Trap. Tips For Taking Notes While You Listen.

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Are Your Notes Like Swiss Cheese?

Too Many Holes!

A Workshop On Note Taking Skills

Brought to you by the UC Clermont Learning Center

What We Will Cover

  • How To Get The Most Out Of A Lecture.

  • Listening Skills.

  • The Day Dreaming Trap.

  • Tips For Taking Notes While You Listen.

  • Successful Note Taking Methods.

  • Reviewing Your Notes After Class.

  • Organizing Your Notebook.

How To Get the Most Out of Lecture

  • Be Prepared

  • Arrive early

  • Actively participate

  • Review notes soon after class

  • Rethink all examples covered in class

Ways to Be Prepared For Class

  • Always read or thoroughly skim the text before class.

  • You will be better able to follow the lecture's main points .

  • If your professor has Notes/Power Points on Blackboard…

  • Print them out before class.

  • If possible, triple space typed notes and print PowerPoints with a notes section.

    • Use these to take notes on in class by filling in the missing information.

  • Review posted notes before class.

Do You Have Any of These Bad Listening Habits?


When listening in class…

  • Do you call the Subject Dull?

  • Do you criticize the Speaker?

  • Do you tolerate distractions?

  • Do you only listen for facts?

  • Do you try to write down everything the speaker says?

  • Do you not write down anything at all and assume you will remember it?

Listening is a Learned Skill!

People do not instinctively listen well,

whether in conversations or in class!

It is something that we all have to


Tips On Effective Listening

  • Before class:

    • review your notes from the previous class to refresh and mentally prepare for what the instructor will be talking about.

  • Determine why what the instructor is saying is important to you.

  • Remember: the responsibility for interest and understanding lies with YOU, NOT with the instructor.

    • Learning is up to the learner.

More Tips On Effective Listening

  • If you can't hear, arrange things so you can.

  • Look for the instructor’s pattern of organization.

  • Look for the main idea or ideas of the presentation.

    • Facts are important only as they support the speaker's points.

Beware of Day Dreaming!

  • A speaker before an audience slows down to about 100 words per minute.

  • We think an average of 400 to 500 words per minute as we listen.

  • What do you do with your extra thoughts?

  • Use Your Thought Power Wisely:

    • Anticipate the next point.

    • Identify supporting material.

    • Recap What They Have Said So Far.

Take Notes While You Listen

  • Condense-do not use a sentence when a phrase will do!

  • Leave open space to go back and fill in extra information from the text.

  • Focus on the things the speaker focuses on:

    • Things written on the board.

    • Things repeated.

    • Facts or ideas emphasized by tone of voice or body language.

    • Anything included in a wrap up summary or reviewed from the previous lecture.

Making Outline Notes

*Outline notes place the general information to the left.

-Details or examples that explain the general topic are indented.

-As the details get more specific, they are further indented.

*When more general topic are introduced, return to the left.

You do not have to use letters, or roman numerals for an outline.

They are your notes: Use whatever symbols work for you!

Using The Cornell Note Format



Class Notes Column

Record the lecture as fully as possible in whatever note taking method you are comfortable with.

**If you miss a statement, write down key words, skip a few spaces, and get the information later from a fellow student, the text, or the professor.

  • Immediately, reduce information to short summaries and statements here.

  • Use them for reciting, reviewing and reflecting.

Reviewing Notes Before Next Class

  • Read through your notes and highlight important information.

  • Turn the important information in your notes into note cards so that they can be carried with you and reviewed frequently.

  • Re-write your notes more clearly or in a different format.

    • This is the perfect opportunity to add in information from the text not covered in class.

Webbing As A Note Review

Subtopics Explained

Instructor’s Main Topic

Details Given on Subtopics

Secondary Details

Organizing Your Notebooks: Part 1

  • Use a 3-Ring Binder instead of a Spiral Bound Notebook.

    • Start the quarter off with one binder and add another later on if necessary.

    • Use dividers to separate your various subjects.

Organizing Your Notebooks: Part 2

  • Take notes on loose-leaf lined paper.

    • You can move your notes around in your binder if more notes are given on a specific subject later on.

    • You can insert handouts (from class or Blackboard), quizzes or tests right along with that chapters notes.

      • This makes studying for Mid-term and Final Exams much simpler!

    • Use post-its or sticky tabs as tabs to separate each chapter.

Need More Help With Your Note Taking Skills

Visit Us on Campus at:

The Learning Center

Room 100 Educational Services Building

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