Did you know that 20 minutes after learning something, you’ve forgotten 47% of what you learned? Note-taking is the #1 way to help you retain information better! Do you struggle taking notes effectively? Don’t know how to take notes? Don’t know what to take notes on?
-Do the readings
-Review your notes on the readings and from the last class BEFORE class starts
-Only write down the main points (and not EVERYTHING the professor says). How do you know what these are? As Brett & Kate McCay point out in Money & Careers magazine, “Pay attention to your cues from your professor. Here are some guidelines for when to write:
-Anytime the professor says “You will need to know this” or “This will be on the test”
-Anytime the professor repeats herself, especially if he says it SLOWLY (he wants you to write it down)
-Anything the professor writes on the board or on a PowerPoint slide
-Watch for language that emphasizes relationships among ideas: first, second, third, especially, most importantly, significantly, however, on the other hand, because, so, therefore, consequently.
-Review your notes right after class
-Synthesize your notes into a master outline (on the computer or in your notebook)
-Write a brief summary of the material from that day's lecture
-Use mind mapping: make a visual of your notes, use bright colors, draw connections, and write important words
-Use Cornell style notes: divide your paper into two columns--keywords on one side, and notes and elaboration on the other side
Resource: McCay, Brent & Kate. “Write This Down: Note-Taking Strategies for Success.” Retrieved from http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/01/27/write-this-down-note-taking-strategies-for-academic-success/
--Article by Kiona Rolfes