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Better Notes for Better Grades. Why Take Notes ? When Should I Take Notes? How Do I Know What to Note? How Do I Write My Notes? What Do I Do With My Notes Once I Have Them? . Why Take Notes?. Taking notes is a way to listen actively.

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better notes for better grades

Better Notesfor Better Grades

Why Take Notes?

When Should I Take Notes?

How Do I Know What to Note?

How Do I Write My Notes?

What Do I Do With My Notes Once I Have Them?

why take notes
Why Take Notes?
  • Taking notes is a way to listen actively.
  • Lecture notes will help you make sense of your textbook.
  • Your notes are a record of what your instructor thinks is important.
  • Notes will focus your studying for tests.
when should i take notes
When Should I Take Notes?
  • Take notes when your instructor is lecturing.
  • Take notes when other students are giving presentations.
  • Take notes during class discussions.
  • Take notes when you watch films in class.
how do i know what to note
How Do I KnowWhat to Note?
  • Note the main ideas.

“But how do I know

what the main ideas

are?”

you ll recognize main ideas if you
You’ll Recognize Main Ideas If You:
  • Pre-read the part of your book class will cover.
  • Pay attention to your instructor’s gestures & voice.
  • Listen for keywords you practiced in pre-reading.
  • Figure out how examples fit into the main ideas you saw in pre-reading.
you ll be able to note the main ideas if you prepare for class
You’ll Be Able to Note the Main Ideas If You Prepare for Class . . .

physically: Bring your book, pen, and notebook.

emotionally: Let go of outside drama. Focus on your ultimate goal.

mentally: Pre-read the chapter and review your notes before class.

how do i know what to note1
How Do I Know What to Note?
  • Note the main ideas.
  • Note the “what” and the “what about it.”
  • Note relationships between ideas and events.
  • Note possible test questions.
  • Note assignments and deadlines.
  • Note anything the instructor writes, diagrams, or draws.
how do i write my notes
How Do I Write My Notes?
  • Use two-column note taking. Or . . .
  • Use outline form.
  • Abbreviate!! Use symbols.
  • Leave blanks if you need to. Fill them in as soon as you can after class.
what do i do with my notes once i have them
What Do I DoWith My Notes Once I Have Them?
  • Review them as soon as possible after class.
  • Date them, number them, and put them in the right folder.
  • Each week, spend 20 minutes per class reviewing all your notes for that week.
  • Use them when you study the textbook and quiz yourself to prepare for an exam.
check our favorite sources for more note taking advice tips
Check Our Favorite Sources for More Note-taking Advice & Tips:
  • Ellis, Dave. Becoming a Master Student. NY: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2003.
  • Sherfield, Robert, Rhonda Montgomery, and Patricia Moody. Cornerstone. 2nd ed.Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc., 2002.
  • http://www.studygs.net/
  • www.elcentrocollege.edu/learningcenter
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