Note Taking Skills
Are you a good note taker? How do you know? Read on...
Is it necessary to copy down everything that the teacher lectures on word for word?
Of course not! This may result in some serious wrist cramping! The average person speaks about 225 words a minute. Can you write that fast?
Why take notes?
- Success begins with being organized and ready to learn during a lecture.
- You need to take down the important facts that might be asked
- Note taking helps you be focused and on task in class.
- Often times teachers ask specific questions on an exam/quiz that may have been discussed in class but where not found in the textbook.
Preparing to take notes
Before you arrive to class
Tips on notetaking
Begin by writing down the title of the lecture. If the instructor uses a white
board, overhead projector or powerpoint slides, write down in outline
form what the instructor is emphasizing.
Be brief in your note taking. Summarize your notes
in your own words. Remember: your goal is
to understand what your teacher is saying and not try to record
everything word for word.
Keep the main subject in mind. Listen and watch for
key points. Give each subject a new section in your notes. Watch for keywords used in class taken from textbook headings, Powerpoint slides or whiteboard notes and write them in your notes.
Compare your notes with a classmate to make sure you both have the main points of the lecture.
LHPS Teacher Hints On Notetaking:
"Students need to know how to focus on key points made in class and format notes in a notebook using bullet form." ( 9th Grade Social Studies Teacher)
"My notes consist of handouts where students fill in
key words or do practice problems. Students need to focus on the content of the notes."
(9th Grade Science
"For English class, it would be helpful to come to class prepared with background information on the books you are about to read. Be prepared to take notes on the plot and characters of the stories." (9th Grade English Teacher)
"He listens well who takes notes."
Dante Alighieri , The Divine Comedy