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Note Taking Techniques

General Tips:

  • Taking notes is only half of your job! Read the text and review notes before class to improve your understanding.
  • Follow the pointers below to make your notes effective study aids that are easier 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 definitions

Click a link below for specifc note taking methods.

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

 Concept Lists

5 Rs of Note Taking.  Record: During the lecture, record meaningful facts and ideas. Reduce: as soon as possible after class, summarize these ideas.  Recite: Cover the main note area and using only the Key Words or Summary recall as much of the information as you can. Reflect: thinking about the information will give you the opportunity to make connects that are not easy to see in the beginning. Review: take 10 minutes after every class to review notes.


Additional Resources:  

University of British Columbia Learning Commons

 Wellness Tip:

Staying hydrated is important for proper brain functioning.

But there is no need to purchase bottles of water.  Water from the tap is just as clean if not more clean than water from a bottle.

In fact some bottled waters actually are water straight from the tap! 

Save money and the environment by getting your next drink from the tap!