Tips for taking notes from reading material:
- Finish reading before taking notes. Read small sections at a time, and pull out the main ideas.
- Be selective about what you write down. Write down only the main concepts and important details. Recall what the instructor emphasized in class.
- Write things in your own words. Putting things in your own words will help when you need to recall the information later, say for a test.
- Read, think, write, and move on. Taking notes does not need to take all day.
- Review, review, review. Daily or weekly review of notes is essential in a study routine.
Tips for taking notes during a lecture:
- Before you get to class, develop a mindset geared toward listening.
- Try to determine the structure of the information being given in the lecture.
- Pay attention to the lecturer’s verbal and visual cues to help establish which points he/she is trying to emphasize.
- Ask questions and be engaged.
- Use textbooks or other class materials to fill in missing details or for clarification.
Related Links & Handouts
A System for Effective Listening and Note-Taking