As you climb up the ladder of your educational life, taking lecture notes becomes a very important requirement. Alas, high schools do not teach the students how to excel in making notes, which is a great drawback for college life. Taking good notes is as essential as any other part of the academics. In college life; where large lecture classes are held, individual attention is almost impossible to gain in which case notes become your refuge for exam preparation.
Nevertheless, some very interesting and helpful adult tips have been introduced in order to help students take better notes. Firstly, great emphasis is put on listening skills. Active listening is the basic key to make healthy notes then again it gets very hard to do this especially when the course you are taking is not the most interesting one. In which case, measures could be taken to enhance your listening skills.
Instead of writing everything, you should listen intently and make sure you know the purpose of the class and note down all the main points. Usually the teachers, unless it’s a very terrible one, organize their lectures. By listening, this structure could be identified and linked together easily. Words and phrases that reflect the structure of the lecture are also helpful, as they will indicate the way that the notes are to be written. Listening is not only through verbal communication. Nonverbal points can also be indicated so eye contact and body language so be sure to hear them out as well. Put away all other forms of distractions and just be there, enjoying the moment and you will be fine.
Learning to write down all the important information in an organized way is also a challenge it self. Measures could be taken to make your writing skills better and more groomed. The good thing about writing notes that only you would read is that it does not have to be neat and you could miss out some words. It is important to write quickly and efficiently. Writing small words like a and the are not necessary and therefore could be skipped. Abbreviations could be used and anything else that is readable and makes writing fast. It could also be useful to have a laptop if you are a good typist. In the end what really does matter is that you understand what you have written down.
Definitions are a must have in all notes. If your teacher defines a term, be sure to jot it down with actual understanding. Another very important thing is to mark anything that your teacher tells you is important, it can even act as a tip for what is to come in an exam or a test.
Students often get intimidated about speaking up in class. This could be a huge drawback for the students’ academics. Tell the teacher to slow down if he is going to fast; even the best of lecturers could be racing along the lecture and it might become hard to cope. If you do not understand something, be sure you ask the teacher for help and assistance. Trust me, you won’t get bitten for asking a question, and you certainly won’t be called stupid. Remember, you remain stupid till you ask the question.
Here comes the hard part; review your notes. Yes, unless or until you do not review your notes, you won’t remember anything. Despite its importance, students don’t go through their notes enough, which ends up having an adverse affect. Flipping through your notes does not require isolation from the world and boredom. You could have study groups and do it with a bunch of friends. This could be highly worthy as well as enjoyable.
So be sure to carry your notes taking skills to every class. If it is your weakness, then carry out the tips and be sure to turn it into one of your strengths. For any problems don’t be scared about asking questions, and if you are scared, then get a confidence boost by doing something crazy. After all it is just your school life.