Notetaking skills need help?

10 ways to use a sticky note
  • 1. Color Code each topic gets a different color.
  • 2. Create a timeline and place the sticky notes in order on your wall.
  • 3. Use them for reminders on your computer or tablet.
  • 4. Write encouraging words or quotes to yourself and place them sporadically in your chapter.
  • 5. Write "NOT YET!" on any tempting distractions like the tv or cell phone.
  • 6. Keep a sticky note handy to write down questions you have as you study.
  • 7. Use them as goal bookmarks for a reading stopping point.
  • 8. Write the due date and stick it on each assignment or task that must be done.
  • 9. Put one task per sticky and put them in order of urgency.
  • 10. Keep one on top of your planner with a to-do list on it.
5 notetaking tips
  • 1. Keep writing. Even if details don't seem vital or you think you will remember something later... write it down. Constant writing keeps you engaged and allows you to make connections as you go about the lecture.
  • 2. Mentally summarize. Use the speak and think gap to mentally review and summarize the main ideas and supporting details during the lecture.
  • 3. Anticipate the next information. Tune into the speaker's outline and guess the next point, this helps you to stay more engaged in the class discussion and pinpoint problem areas that you might not understand.
  • 4. Mentally question the information. How does it go along with the textbook? How does it relate to previous areas presented?
  • 5. Take notes on rabbit trails. To keep your mind involved with the lecture, take notes on rabbit trail information. Just make a note that it was a rabbit trail.
Notetaking suggestions
  • Use ink. Notes taken in pencil can smear and will be hard to read.
  • Date your notes for reference when studying for the test.
  • Make sure you have plenty of paper. A large spiral notebook is best.
  • Leave wide margins so you can come back and clarify what was written or draw pictures.
  • Use notetaking shorthand by reducing what you are writing; never write in complete sentences. Use symbols for certain words and abbreviate by using initials.
  • Don't take too many notes. Not everything the professor says is important. Listen to what the professor repeats or goes into greater detail.
  • Don't write down the first thing the professor says. It's probably introducing the material.
  • Listen for signals like: "The first step in ..." or "The difference between...".
  • Don't try to make a formal outline during class. You will only get bogged down in the format.
  • Read over your notes s as soon as possible after class to correct spelling, finish incomplete thoughts, etc.