NOTE-MAKING: Why Should I
Make Notes In Class?
are four main reasons for making notes in class:
may be unreliable. It may let you down.
notes provide a summary from which to study.
notes encourages you to put the main ideas down on paper,
in your own words. This makes them easier to remember.
expand on the information in the textbook. Instructors
and class discussions add current real-life ideas, examples,
your own note-making style, so that your notes make sense
to you when you review them at home. Think of your notes
as an outline.
headings and sub-headings.
items 1,2,3, etc.
a phrase or word, rather than a sentence.
examples with a one-word reminder.
your own short forms (e.g. MKT for marketing).
spend time rewriting your notes to make them look better.
As long as they make sense to you, that's what is important.
try to write down every word. Go for the main ideas.
for signals. Note-making depends
on your active listening in class. Listen and watch for
signals that will help you select the main ideas, for example
the instructor may:
a point several times
loudly to emphasize
on the board or put on an overhead
things like: "There are three reasons for this..."/"The
most important thing to remember is..."
notes that same day. The class is still fresh in your mind,
and you can add to your notes if you need to. Recalling
material that day signals the brain that this material must
be stored for future use.
you summarize the class to someone who wasn't there, using
your own words? If you can, you've done a good job of note-making.