Lecture #3-B: 
Fast and effective note taking. 
by Darcy A. Santor | June 2022 

Although more than 90% of students report taking notes in class and say that note-taking is critical to doing well, less than 60% of students report that they review and organize their notes after class. Taking notes efficiently and effectively is essential; however, only about half of students report being formally taught how to take notes. 

In this lecture, you will learn four of the most effective strategies for note-taking – the Cornell note, concept maps and diagrams, and comparison charts.  

Of course, one of the biggest challenges is knowing what to write down. Should I write down everything that is said in class? Should I write it down word for word, type it on a computer or write it out by hand? Interestingly, almost 70% of students say that note-taking interferes with listening to the lecture. 

Effective note-taking can save you enormous amounts of time, clarify early on what you need to review and clarify and deepen your understanding of what you are learning. On the other hand, ineffective note-taking can cost you in terms of what you are learning and what you are getting out of the class. 

Resources:  Please download the worksheet and complete the surveys and worksheet before the lecture.

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