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Quick and Efficient Note-Taking Tips

Most students will find that note-taking is an essential part of their classes. The Advising and Academic Support Center offers a note-taking workshop, where students learn strategies on how to quickly and efficiently take notes in class, four different note-taking systems, tips on how notes can be changed for different classes or professors, and an opportunity to practice new note-taking skills and systems.


Note-Taking Workshop Summary

3 Parts of Note-Taking:
  • Before Class
    • Complete the reading and formulate questions
  • During Class
    • Use active listening
    • Formulate questions
    • Don’t write everything down
      • Focus on major themes and supporting information
  • After Class
    • Fill in gaps
    • Rewrite notes for review
      • Try to summarize, organize, and use personal examples
Tough Lecturers:
  • Boring
    • Try to think of personal examples to relate information
  • Fast-talking
    • Focus on main points and leave space to fill in the gaps
    • Exchange notes with a classmate
  • Disorganized
    • Ask questions for clarification
    • Form a peer study group
Note-Taking Styles
Review, review, review!
  • Review every day
  • Make meaningful connections
  • Explain key ideas
Tech Tips
  • EverNote – add and organize notes
  • OneNote – add and organize notes
  • Quizlet – translate notes into flash cards

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"Ms. Rice was very helpful and answered all of the questions I went into the appointment ready to ask. She even answered questions I did not even know I had. She helped me feel less anxious about where I currently am at in my education as well as offered a class that I did not know BSU offered, but that I am now extremely interested in. She was very friendly and would recommend her to any of my friends needing academic advisement."

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