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Nov 11, 2016 07:31 AM EST

3 Methods To Taking Down Notes Effectively


What's the use of attending a class if you can't get the main point of the lecture? If you are able to get solid notes from each of the lectures your professors have given, it is easier to recall what you've learned. However, if you just scribble anything you hear, then it is most likely that you will miss the point and all your note-taking efforts were just useless scribbles. Here are three methods how to effectively take down notes.

Create a Template or a System

There are different note-taking methods but not all of them will be effective to you. You can also devise your own system or template - something that will make it easier for you to follow and understand. You can create an outline which you will fill up with the important points - something with a main point and sub-points. One of the easiest and most popular methods of note-taking is the Cornell System which uses a grid.

Keep It Simple

The simplest advice is usually the best advice. You can make your note-taking simple by organizing them properly. The more organized your notes are, the more likely you can understand them later when you get back to it. In order to do this, make sure that you make it short and simple but with enough keywords that will trigger your association with it. Furthermore, write the word in your own words and not verbatim. The only time you do this is when there's really an important quote mentioned during the lecture.

Talk to the Lecturer in Advance

If you are able to do it, try talking to your professor of the lecturer in advance so you can get the gist of what the lesson/lecture is all about. Being able to get the big picture helps you think of keywords that you will associate with it. Moreover, you will be able to take down notes effectively if you remove any of your personal observations or opinions.

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