· Read the assignment before class.
· Review your notes before class.
· Sit in the front of the room.
· Participate in class discussions.
· Ask questions.
· Watch for clues, such as:
- Repetition of information.
- Interest level of instructor in material.
· Find a note taking method that works for you.
- Cornell Method—Draw a vertical line 1½ inches from the left edge of the paper. Write your notes to the right of the line. Use the left side to write down key words and sample questions.
- Mind maps—Write the main concept of the lecture in the middle of the paper. Draw lines from the main concept outward and use key words to indicate related concepts.
- Outline—Use a Roman numeral outline or a free-form outline to organize notes.
- Paragraphs—Write material out in brief, paragraph form. Focus more on key words and less on complete sentences.
· Write down material written on the board.
· Note points that have introductory, concluding, or transitional words or phrases in them.
· Write on one side of the paper.
· Place notes in a three-ring binder.
· Use 3×5 cards—one card per new concept.
· Label, number, and date all notes.
· Create a symbol to indicate when you missed part of a lecture or are confused about something.
· Leave plenty of blank space in notes.
· Use a tape recorder.
· Take notes in different colors.
· Review notes within 24 hours to retain more information.
· Edit notes for clarification during first review.
· Write key words along margins.
· Spend an hour per subject per week reviewing lecture and lab notes.
Info from: UI Tutoring and Academic Assistance Programs