Why Take Notes?

Notes should encourage you to:

  • take a more active (thinking) role in a lecture
  • remember principles, facts, and ideas more accurately and for a longer period of time
  • think more clearly and be more organized when it comes time to study for exams or prepare for papers or projects

Take a moment to look over your class notes -- do they help with any of the above points?

Common Note-Taking Struggles

Note-taking may be necessary for college success, but it’s not always easy. Do your notes suffer from any of these common problems?

  • You write too little or struggle to write everything that’s being said
  • Your instructor’s rate of speech is too slow or too fast
  • Difficulties seeing or hearing things in the classroom result in poor notes
  • A lack of knowledge of the subject area of the class makes for incomplete notes