Taking Notes in
In classes, your teachers will talk about topics that
you are studying. The information they provide will be important for
you to know when you take tests. You must be able to take good written
notes from what your teachers say.
Taking good notes is a three-stage process in which
there are certain things you should do before class, during class, and
class. Here are the three stages of
note taking and what you should do during each
1. Get Ready to Take Notes (Before
your notes from the previous class session before you come to class.
This will help you remember what was covered and get you ready to
understand new information your teacher provides.
all assigned readings before you come to class. Your teacher will
expect that you have done this and will use and build upon this
all materials with you to class. Have three pens and three pencils as well as your notebook.
2. Take Notes (During
- Keep your attention
focused on what your teacher is saying. Listen for “signal
statements” that tell you that what your teacher is about to say is
important to write in your notes. Examples of signal statements are
“The most important point…” and “Remember that . . . “ Be sure to
include in your notes information that your teacher repeats or
writes on the chalkboard.
- Write quickly so that
you can include all the important information in your notes. Do this
by writing abbreviated words such as med for medicine, using symbols
such as % for percent, and writing short sentences.
- Place a ? next to
information you write in your notes, but about whose meaning you are
3. Rewrite Your Notes
- Rewrite your notes to
make them more complete by changing abbreviated words into whole
words, symbols into words, and shortened sentences into longer
- Make your notes
more accurate by answering any questions you had when writing your
notes in class. Use your textbook and reference sources to
obtain the information you need to answer your questions. If
necessary, ask your teacher or other students for help.
- Check with other
students to be sure you did not leave out important information.