Common Q & A About NoteTaking1. Why do I need to take notes?2. How do I learn to take class notes?3. How should I organize my notes?4. What should I do with my notes after Itake them?5. What should I do if my teacher is goingtoo fast and I can’t keep up?
Why Take Notes? It is difficult to remember information for anentire unit or chapter that lasts over severaldays or weeks. It is important to take notes to help youremember and understand the material youare learning so that you can be ready for thetest! Note taking keeps you active and alert duringclass and helps you stay focused on theinformation you are learning.
How Do I Take Notes? Every person has their own note takingstrategy; you will develop yours over time. There are many different types of notetaking strategies, so you will have to findone that works best for you. Some Common Types: Listing/Bulleting Outlining Two-Columns
Organizing Your Notes It is helpful to keep notes separate from worksheets, handouts,and homework assignments. Your teacher may require you to keep a notebook or binderorganized in a certain manner. If so, do as your teacher asks;it will help you succeed in class. One possible way to organize your notebook is as follows: Use a 2-inch binder with three divider tabs. Put your syllabus in front of the first divider tab, so that it is thefirst thing you see when you open the binder. Label the first tab “Notes” and put all of your notes behind thistab. Label the second tab “Homework” and put all of yourhomework behind this tab, both before and after it iscompleted and graded. Label the third tab “Other” and put anything that doesn’t fit inthe other two tabs behind this one.
Using Your Notes…If you take notes and then never look atthem again, you’re wasting your time!After class, it is important to read over yournotes to review. As you read, highlight orunderline key details that you may haveforgotten or that may appear on the test.When a test is coming up, use your notes asa study guide or to make up your ownpractice test or quiz before the real thing.
Keeping Up With the Teacher This problem usually occurs when students are tryingto write down too much information. Try to write down main points, things that theteacher emphasizes, and anything the teacher tellsyou to write down. Consider recording the teacher’s lecture andtaking notes later, when you can pause and restart.(Ask the teacher for permission before you do this!)
Study Skills If you want to succeed in high school, youwill have to put forth the effort. You must set aside time to study and dohomework EVERY DAY. Believe it or not, you can spend less timestudying if you do the right things andhave a plan.
General Study Hints Review your notes each night, and then study for alonger period of time the night before a test. Maintain good attendance. If you want to do well in school, attendance is important. When you miss school, you miss important material that willbe on the test. It is your responsibility to get thatinformation. Participate in Class. Ask questions, make eye contact with the teacher, listen towhat’s going on, read the material Use Your Textbook and Other Materials Form Study Groups Stay Organized