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1 Taking Notes on Lectures. 2  When taking notes during a lecture, the presenter often speaks too rapidly for you to write down everything said.  Good.

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1 1 Taking Notes on Lectures

2 2  When taking notes during a lecture, the presenter often speaks too rapidly for you to write down everything said.  Good note takers can "capture the essence."  Write short statements in your own words  write the main idea or keywords in the order they are presented.  Some students tape record important classes and take notes at home. This means extra time and work that you can save if you learn to take notes in class.

3 3  Most lecturers will stay on one idea at a time, just as you should when writing a good paragraph.  As the ideas presented change, start a new heading.  Try to visualize the lecture as a series of paragraphs and your notes as the original outline.

4 4  If your teacher will accept questions during the presentation, be sure to ask for clarification on anything you are not sure of.  If you are getting behind in the note taking, sometimes you can ask him/her to slow down or pause while you catch up.  If you have a good question, this will also get him/her to pause and respond.

5 5  Some instructors prefer that you to wait to ask questions.  Many times, a question that pops into your head will be answered by something said later in the lecture.  If you are instructed not to interrupt and do not understand something, write a short phrase and put a big question mark ? next to it.

6 6  At the end of the lecture, look at your notes, find any question marks (?) and ask for clarification before you leave class.  Start at the first question you have.  If your question is half-way through the material, allow other students who have questions about earlier parts of the lecture to ask first.  Listen to the answer even if you didn't write down that question. The answer will help you clarify your notes.  Another student might even ask one of your questions.

7 7  After class, review your notes the same day.  When you review, use the left margin to clarify your notes.  Do not write over or erase the notes taken earlier.  Instead, make comments in the margin to yourself indicating what it was you thought was important. This way you can add to your notes and keep the original class-written notes intact.

8 8  Develop your own style. Only you know the best way to write down what you need to learn so that you can understand and study it later.  As you develop your own particular style, you will realize that long sentences are not helpful.  Write short statements in your own words.  Try to get comfortable with a particular style and then stick with it. Do all your note taking in every class the same way.

9 9  In your notes, be sure to mark each word you don't understand with a V for vocabulary, indicating a word you need to look up.  Take time to look up every word you marked with a V for vocabulary.  Use the textbook glossary or  Use a dictionary  Write the meaning down in your own words.  Keep each subject ’ s vocabulary on a single page with the notes for that class.  This will help when you review for a test.  Also, when you come across the word again you will know where you wrote the definition.

10 10  Each day's lecture notes should start on their own page.  The page or pages should be filed in your binder.  Keep the notes in chronological order by date.  put the newest ones first, or  add to the back  Keeping notes chronologically  helps you follow the course more easily  makes the material a lot easier to review  keeps notes in the order the instructor has designed the class.

11 11  Some people type their final notes.  By typing them into a computer file, notes are easily retrieved for studying and writing assignments.  Computerized notes can be searched for specific keywords or heading titles while studying.

12 12  Capture the essence - write the main ideas in short statements in your own words.  Break your notes up with headings.  If you need clarification, ask.  Review your notes the same day.  Create your own style.  Look up new vocabulary and write meanings down.  Organize your notes chronologically.  Typing your notes may help you find important points later.

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