Note Taking

Note Taking

Note taking skills are an important part of learning in both high-school and college. Is your note taking system working for you? Learn how to get the most out of lectures with advice from these college experts.

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Alexandria College: Methods of Note Taking5 stars

This study skills lesson starts by introducing the Cornell note taking system (with separate areas on your paper for keywords and notes) and offers up mapping and outlining as alternative approaches. "Mapping is a visual system of condensing material to show relationships and importance. A map is a diagram of the major points, with their significant sub-points, that support a topic."

Berkeley: Effective Note-Taking5 stars

"A frequent complaint of students is that they are unable to determine during the lecture what is important and what might just as well be left out. These students may attempt to write down every word uttered by the professor, combining page after page of isolated facts and details but missing a more general understanding of the material, as they are too busy writing to listen." The Student Learning Center from University of California, Berkeley, offers a solution to this common problem with tips on what to do before, during and after a lecture.

James Madison University: Notetaking5 stars

This tutorial from James Madison University presents five common note taking problems and solutions. Included is a step-by-step illustrated tutorial on using the Cornell note taking method to organize your notes and make them easier to understand. Be sure to follow the link to the sample note that is at the bottom of the Cornell Notes page.

Princeton: Listen Actively and Take Great Notes5 stars

"You can maximize what you learn in and from lectures by following three easy steps: 1) adopt active listening skills; 2) take clear, effective notes; and 3) review your notes within 24 hours of taking them."

Sweet Briar College: Note-Taking Skills4 stars

"Take notes selectively. Do NOT try to write down every word. Remember that the average lecturer speaks approximately 125-140 words per minute, and the average note-taker writes at a rate of about 25 words per minute." This one-pager is full good advice on how to improve your note taking system, including using abbreviations and symbols.

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Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

Back to Basics: Perfect Your Note-Taking Techniques

Cal Poly: Note Taking Tips

Classes: Notetaking, Listening, Participation

Note Taking Techniques, Tips and Strategies

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Note Taking Made Easy!: Strategies and Scaffolded Lessons for Helping All Students Take Effective Notes, Summarize and Learn the Content They Need to Know
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