Dear Amy: Can you give me any advice about how to take good notes in class? —Jessica T., Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dear Jessica: One of the key ideas to keep in mind when taking notes is that you don’t have to write down everything the lecturer says, just the most important details. Remember that many of the words in a sentence are connecting words, and focus on the words that are informational.
For instance, in a biology lecture about classification, you might hear a sentence such as “Turtles are classified as reptiles.” The teacher may be classifying several animals, so you might write: Reptiles — Turtles and add to the list as more animals are discussed.
One note-taking method that is very popular is dividing your page into two columns. Take notes on the left and leave the right side blank to add comments, notes or questions later.
You should also be sure to review your notes quickly after the lecture so you can ask your teacher or a classmate any questions you might have about a missed detail or unclear topic.
Find more great tips at How to Take Notes, testtakingtips.com/note/
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