5 Note Taking Tips For Every College Student
Whether you’re the daydreamer, the doodler, the in class napper or the front and center student, one trait we all need to have in common in good note taking strategies. Taking Notes are essential to the learning process because it’s an active trait that requires your attention and creativity. So here are 5 tips for successful note taking in college:
- Come prepared
After the first couple of weeks, you should have a feel for the class and how the professor teaches, so if you find yourself always having to be the “can you go back” student in the class or you feel like everything is going in one ear and out the other. Try printing your slides out before class and just filling in key points or read through the chapters before class and take notes at home. Either way, it goes, you’ll feel more prepared and the information would have already touched base in your mind so the second time around in class it would be more familiar to you and easier to keep up with the professor and the class.
- Organization is key
If you find that when you go back to study you can’t even read your own handwriting, or maybe the information has no structure and is all over the place so you can’t even focus like you want, try different note taking methods like typing them out, the Cornell method, or outlining. These strategies will help you when trying to study because the information will be more organized and highlight key topics quickly and clearly. On the flip side if you’re into the good old fashion handwritten notes try color coding your notes and adding bullet points, and section heading to your page while writing. In the words of Future ” Dress it up and make it real for me”, because your notes need love too.
Sometimes in class you might just be taking notes to stay awake, don’t be ashamed we’ve all been there but nothing is worse than just tuning the teacher out and burying yourself in your journal and just writing down whatever is on the screen than getting called out in the middle of class and having no idea what is being discussed. So, try to multitask as much as you can because note taking is supposed to be and active learning experience. So, listen, retain, and then write and always always always feel free to ask questions if needed.
- Don’t copy verbatim
The key word in note taking is “note” not essay taking, but notes. Simple and to the point that’s
what you should always think when taking notes because if you copy everything down word for word and don’t paraphrase it you don’t know if you’re really understanding the information or just great at copying. Also, you’ll thank yourself when it’s time to study if you kept it brief and simple with all the key points. Another good flare is creating analogies from your everyday life and writing things down that interest you and can help you remember what topics mean. One thing that helps me out is relating different management structures and topic to sports and relationships. It helps me engage myself in the information and relate it to real world topics.
- Don’t let all your hard work in class go to waste
Now, think about it just getting through these tips were probably a task in itself, so imagine actually putting these tips into practice and just leaving them in your backpack forever. That would be such a waste of time, so don’t let all your hard work go to waste go back and reread your notes, or maybe even use these tips when re-writing out your notes if that’s something you’re into as well. Just don’t leave all your hard work feeling unloved in your backpack 24/7.
I hope these tips helped you out and if you want more information on different note taking methods visit the link below to find out some more strategies and remember C’s get degrees but A’s get you paid!
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Rachel is a 21 year old Management Major at Prairie View A&M University and aspires to one day own her own event planning company. Rachel has a passion for community involvement and uses blogging as an outlet to voice her opinions and inform the public about topics pertaining to religion, relationships, health, beauty, fitness, music, and other "trending topics" from an open and relatable perspective. She just recently started her own website called "Don't Forget The A", a blog and a brand that encourages individuality, confidence and healthy living as well as focusing on the importance of living to make a difference through giving back and leaving a legacy. She plans to earn her Masters in Public Administration to help her advance her career in community engagement and event planning.