A"s a classroom teacher and tutor, one sad trend I notice is that students may be able to type a text message at 100 emoticons per minute but have no idea how to take notes in class during a lecture.
This trend means that many kids choose not to take notes in class, or try to write down everything down and become frustrated when the teacher moves on and they don't finish.
I do my best to teach my students how to take notes, and to understand the note taking process. It makes the information assimilate much easier, as well as makes the studying easier down the road.
So without further ado, here are my tips to note-taking in classes:
- Work on capturing main ideas- Look for key terms and ideas, the "big picture" as you will. Write short informative statements, not long sentences.
- Come up with your own shorthand to save time- Find abbreviations that you can use to reduce the time it takes you to write. I give my students a list of commonly used abbreviations at the beginning of the year and encourage them to learn them.
- Listen to what your teacher is saying- What your teacher emphasizes or does not emphasize can tell you a lot about what they consider to be important. Key terms to listen for are "this is important", "one thing that repeats is", "pay special attention to", and any other ways that your teacher may assign importance to a certain idea.
- Write down examples. Anytime your teacher gives an example, be sure to write it down. This will serve to help you interpret your notes later.
Hopefully these tips can help make you more efficient and in the long run a better student!