- Do I use complete sentences?
- Do I use any form at all?
- Are my notes clear or confusing?
- Do I capture main points and all subpoints?
- Do I streamline using abbreviations and shortcuts?
Six Important Reasons to Take Notes
- Notes trigger memories of lecture/reading.
- Your notes are often a source of valuable clues for what information the instructor thinks most important.
- Notes create a resource for test preparation.
- Notes inscribe information kinesthetically.
- Taking notes helps you to concentrate in class.
- Your notes often contain information that cannot be found elsewhere (i.e., in your
Guidelines for Note-Taking
- Concentrate on the lecture or on the reading material.
- Take notes consistently.
- Take notes selectively. Do NOT try to write down every word. The average lecturer speaks approximately 125-140 words per minute, and the average note-taker writes at a rate of about 25 words per minute.
- Translate ideas into your own words.
- Organize notes into some sort of logical form.
- Write legibly. Notes are useless if you cannot read them later!
- Don′t be concerned with spelling and grammar.
Taken from Stanford University