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Note Taking Techniques

General Tips:

  • Taking notes is only half of your job! Read the text and review previous notes before each class to improve your understanding.
  • Notes should be effective study aids that are easy to read:
    • Use dark, ball point pens
    • Write legibly
    • Leave blanks when you are unsure and get clarification from the instructor after class
    • Use space to separate main ideas and details
    • Mark points of emphasis
    • Underline Key Words
    • Limited (or eliminate) highlighting

Click a link below for specific note taking methods.

Cornell Method T-Notes Method Outline Method Mind-Mapping Method Text Book Note Taking Tips

 Concept Lists

5 R's of Notes

 Additional Resources:

University of British Columbia Learning Commons