How to Take Great Notes During Your Professor’s Lectures

21 Sep

1. Shorthand

Master it. We’re not talking about old school shorthand like what they use in episodes of Mad Men. Learning to abbreviate words and phrases during a lecture is key and can save a ton of time. Remember, your notes will be used later to compile a more comprehensive study guide where you can elaborate and provide more detail. Abbreviating will help you keep up with what the professor is saying while taking notes.

2. Handouts

Utilize them during a lecture. Your professor may have major key points that are already noted on your handouts, therefore you can save time by not having to write them down. You can also use your handouts as a cheat sheet on how to format your notes into an outline.

3. Type Your Notes

It’s likely that you can type faster than you write. Not only will typing your notes out help keep you organized throughout the semester, it will also allow you to immediately upload those notes on Luvo before you even leave your seat.

4. Don’t Write Down Everything the Professor Says

If you try to write down every single thing your professor mentions during a lecture, you’ll never be able to keep up. Pull out the key points of what your professor says. Listen to what the professor says and then write a summation of that within your notes.

5. Use the “Question. Answer. Evidence” Method

What will be on your test? More than likely it will be questions for you to answer right? So why not format your notes in the same way? When your professor is reviewing a key concept. Stop, turn around what he/she just said into a question, and then write the answer right under it. As a separate bullet point pull out the information you need to support your answer. For example, if the professor is talking about the central theme of Romeo and Juliet, you would write down: “What is the central theme of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet?”, then write down what your professor said that it was, and why he/she said that this was the central theme. This method allows you to form obvious sample questions for your study guide.

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Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Ash, Ideas, Tips


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