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Tips for Effective Note Taking

                Taking notes during course lectures can be tough. With all of the information that is being communicated to you, it can be hard to know the best way to take notes to capture the information. Thankfully, we have provided you with some general advice on how effectively take notes that will help you retain information and to succeed when studying later for exams and more. 

  • Write, Don’t Type.

    • Handwriting notes have been proven to be more effective when it comes to the retention and recall of information, Even though computer generated note can be faster, a handwritten note will assist you in passing the test and recalling important information.
  • Come to Class Prepared

    • Use a three-ring binder or spiral notebook to take written notes. These are great options because pages can be easily removed for review. Also, you can insert handouts as a reference.
    • Bring highlighters to class to highlight important material that you write down.
    • Read assigned material and prior class notes before class. Make sure you understand all of your previous notes such as vocabulary and concepts. If not, ask questions during class.
  • Improve your Listening Skills.

    • Approach lectures in class with an open-mind that is eager to learn so you stay engaged.
    • Make an effort to pay attention and bring your focus back to the lecture if it drifts.
  • Develop a Note Taking Strategy that is Most Helpful to You.

    • Be sure to date pages according to the lectures.
    • Leave blank spaces you can fill in additional information or clarification later.
    • Paraphrase your notes and make them as brief as possible. This will help you put the material in your own words.
    • Develop abbreviations and symbols you can understand to make your notes more concise.
  • Evaluate and Pay Close Attention to the Content of the Lectures.

    • Should include details, facts, explanations or examples of the main points.
    • Write definitions our word for word.
    • Jot down lists that are discussed.
    • Make note of material written on the board or posted on the screen.
    • Write down information that is repeated or spelled out.
  • Look Over and Make Revisions to your Notes.

    • It is highly important to look over your notes within 24 hours of writing them down.
    • Edit writing that is illegible, incorrectly written, or doesn’t make sense.
    • Edit with a different colored pen so you can identify what you added in at a later point.
    • Make a notation on the side of key words and phrases.
    • Identify and highlight anything you don’t understand so you can get later clarification.
    • Compare your notes with the textbook or other class materials to fill in important missing information.

 So with these tips, we encourage you to find a system of note-taking that will help you to retain the information and study effectively. And to learn more about the programs CHCP has to offer, click here: