Why should I Make Notes in Class?
Most of the time students overestimate themselves and feel that making notes is a waste of time but wait its not at all true.
- Memory may be unreliable and may let you down.
- Notes provide a summary from where to study.
- Notes expand on the information in the textbook. Instructors and class discussions add real life ideas, examples and explanations.
- Writing notes develop your own note making style, so that your notes make sense to you when you review them at home. Think of your notes as an outline.
Tips to make your own notes:-
- Always use headings and subheadings
- List items 1, 2, 3
- Use phrases or words instead of titles.
- Note examples with a one word reminder.
- Develop your own short forms.
- Don't spend time writing your notes to make them look better.
As long as they make sense to you, that's what important.
- Don't try to write every word, go for main ideas.
Note making is all about active listening in class. Listen and watch signals that will help you to select main ideas, for example the instructor may:
- Repeat a point several times.
- Speak loudly to emphasize.
- write on board.
What to do with the notes?
Review your notes the same day. The class is still fresh in your mind, and you can add to your notes if you need to. Recalling material everyday signals brain that that this material must be stored for future use.
Could you summarize the class to someone else who was not their in the class using your own words?
If you can you have done a good job.