1. Arrive to class on time.
2. Sit up front so you can see and hear
3. Use a loose-leaf notebook so you can rearrange
pages and add in hand-outs where they belong. (Also, you're less
apt to lose notes when using a loose-leaf.)
4. Always title and date your notes.
5. Be prepared for class. If possible, read
ahead so the lecture information makes sense and is familiar
6. Listen closely for changes in pitch, volume
and tone. Watch closely for changes in movement and gestures.
Most of these cues signal that a main point is about to be presented.
7. Try your hardest to take notes in your own
8. Use keywords. It's best not to use complete
paragraph and sentence form. Not only is it unnecessary, but
you don't have time.
9. Use as many abbreviations as possible.
Make up your own!
10. Use a pen, ink lasts longer!
11. Use various notations to point out main
ideas and important details. (*stars, arrows,
[brackets], boxes, etc.)
12. Don't be afraid to use a good deal of paper.
Give yourself plenty of room!
13. If you miss something or fall behind,
leave a space and move on. Get the missing information from a
classmate or the instructor later.
14. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you
cannot interrupt a lecture, make a quick note of your question
and ask it later.
15. Review your notes daily or as often as
possible. This will help you learn the information, and it saves
time on studying.