Taking Notes

My first year of college is well underway and midterms are behind me at last! Classes have gone smoothly so far, but I have reached the point in any semester where every lecture seems to last forever. It is easy to let your mind wander in class, but paying attention can save you much time in the long run (you’re stuck in class anyway, why not get something out of it?).

An important part of studying (for me anyway) is listening to the instructor and taking notes for later review. I found a helpful article the other day with tips on note taking. Here’s a summary:

  • Review your notes from last class before your current one starts. It gets your mind in gear. Also, prepare yourself to pay attention. Make yourself interested in the subject, even if it isn’t your favorite.
  • Finish any reading assignments before coming to class.
  • If your teacher repeats something, writes it on the board, or says “It’s important to know…” it’s a good idea to include it in your notes
  • Rephrase your notes after class in a more organized and thorough format. Create a sort of study guide for any upcoming tests.

And here’s a tip of my own: Study your instructor! Learn how they write their test questions, ask if they grade on a scale, and most of all read the syllabus! I had a professor last year who tested us over the syllabus material. Read it. Memorize it. Love it.

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