Note Taking Strategies

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Note Taking Strategies by Mind Map: Note Taking Strategies

1. Group together similar concepts

2. Make notes legible:

3. Stay organized:

4. Use your paper

5. Group together similar concepts:

6. Study Skills Strategies

6.1. Meta-cognitive Study Strategies

6.1.1. Use your syllabus as a roadmap Ask yourself questions Review your exams

7. The Cornell Note-taking System

7.1. 1. Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the

7.2. lecture using telegraphic sentences

7.3. 2. Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based on the notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarify meanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthen memory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.

7.4. 3. Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.

7.5. 4. Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them?

7.6. 5. Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.


8.1. 2. Encourages concentration:

8.2. Taking effective notes requires a student to be mentally active during a

8.3. lecture or while reading. One has to pay attention, interact with

8.4. information, make decisions about what to record, and write. Given

8.5. that the mind is occupied with a demanding task, there is less

8.6. opportunity for the mind to wander.

8.7. 3. Records testable material:

8.8. Instructors generally expect students to remember and apply facts and

8.8.1. ideas presented in lecture or in texts. Tests are based on key ideas

8.8.2. teachers emphasize in their lectures and/or written material that

8.8.3. supports key concepts or themes. In other words, the testable

8.8.4. material.

8.9. 1. Prevents forgetting: Our memory fades quickly. For most students, forgetting occurs very rapidly after listening to a lecture, or reading over informational material even if the material is engaging and interesting. After lectures, for example, research shows that we forget 50% of what we hear within an hour and more than 70% within two days.