SOME TIPS ON TAKING NOTES
When you are in class do your best to listen to the instructor. Try to stay focused on what the class is working on. If you are unclear about something the instructor said, ask him to explain.
When you have a question, feel free to ask. Questions are always great to ask. Many times students are embarrassed to ask questions or too shy to speak up and ask their question. Try to not be the student who is too shy to speak up.
Try to get a good seat in your class. Sitting in the front may not be the first thing on your mind – or the most desirable thing. Sit where your instructor can see you and so you can see him.
Try to focus on the facts of the subject of the class he presents and unless you agree with opinions he brings up, put a side personal feelings.
Write down certain chapters the instructor brings up and note what your instructor says they refer to. Don’t be afraid to read ahead a little bit. It doesn’t hurt to have an idea of what you will be studying in a week. Your instructor will hopefully be impressed, if anything that you are looking ahead in your class.
One good reason for sitting in a seat where you and the instructor can see each other is if you get confused about something he said, he’ll be able to tell – he’ll see a confused expression on your face.
Try to ignore any outside distractions. Your instructor may tell the class to put cell phones on vibrate to keep distractions to a minimum. This is actually a good idea.
You’ll also want to tune out any noise from other students talking, maintenance on the campus ground and so on, which can also be hard to do.
Even if you have a good memory it’s still a good idea to take notes. You never know what important points you might accidentally forget.
Taking notes that help you to remember crucial facts about the course subject are the notes worth hanging on to. Those notes will help you with homework, tests, and help you to retain the information in the long run.
Don’t write down every little thing the instructor says. Just write down key points he mentions while talking. Quickly jot down the notes using your own words, but keeping the meaning the same. When you go through your notes later thin out the ones that don’t seem like something more important that would be hard to remember without notes.
Cornell Note-Taking System
Use your own method of taking notes or use one proven method called the Cornell Note-Taking System.
- Use the main, right and middle section of your paper to take the bulk of your notes.
- Try to leave some space on the far left side.
- Leave the left side for other main points to write down.
- In the main section, write the things your instructor emphases; things that stand out like key points.
When you are done using this method to take notes, you should find that you have your own information fact sheet to refer to later.