Listening and Note Taking (Knowing How Information is presented Can…
Listening and Note Taking
Listening is More than Just Hearing
A prepared listener is a better listener. Also, active listening is a one of the best steps in taking good notes.
Tip: sit up front and center of a lecture class to avoid distractions
To listen critically means to process and evaluate what you have learned.
Listening is just the first step toward remembering
Taking Notes is Part of the Listening Process
Listen for key words or main ideas
Pay close attention to key terms, emphasized words and definitions
Leave plenty of white space to add additional notes at a later time
Review your notes as soon as possible after class
Knowing How Information is presented Can Improve Your Note Taking
Learn to listen effectively
Focus in and try to decode not just what is being taught, but how.
Read all assigned chapters
Chronological lecture notes, cause and effect notes, compare and contrast notes, most important to least important notes
Abbreviations can help you take notes faster
Try outlining for a effective and efficient note taking strategy
Design Your Notes to Fit You
Your notes will vary to fit you
Look for patterns or key points to help you
I often use pictures or reference diagrams.
Match Your Note Taking Strategies with Your Learning Preference
It is often helpful to discover your own note taking style
This usually takes trial and error because each class you take will vary by professor
Reviewing and rewriting your notes leads to a deeper learning.
Notes are only as good as you make them
Always add to your lecture notes.