How To Take Better Lecture Notes | LBCC Study Skills

How To Take Better Lecture Notes | LBCC Study Skills

uh… todays workshop is called taking better
lecture notes in just a quick uh… word about the one next week it’s called how to
predict test questions this is the first one of five workshops
in a row i think it is that all have that terrible “T” word in it which is test or
tests so it’s kind of a long series in how to
become a great test taker which always helps so that’s uh… what’s coming
up next week now i wanted to ask everybody a question
before we start and uh… again participation is welcome in these
workshops we’re talking about taking notes while
teachers are lecturing today so my question is kind of a simple one but i don’t know
if you’ve ever thought of this why is it important or helpful for you
to take notes while a teacher is talking what’s the whole point of even doing
that to remember yeah uh… one of the things that is the
simplist way i can describe it is you wanna take notes so that you don’t
have to rely on your memory later on you could be a fantastic listener and
you can concentrate really well on the teacher but unless you have an amazing
ability to remember that two or three or four weeks later when
you’re studying for a test on that material uh… it’s almost impossible to remember
what a teacher said that’s why you want to rely on your
notes and if your notes are good and they’re complete and you can study a lot from them you should do better as a result uh… the class that i teach which is learn eleven a study skills
course my students are required on every test
among other things to do a short writing probably less than a page
where they describe in detail something that i’ve taught them in class
kind of like their teaching it back to me and very often amazingly often
especially early in the semester i get a student who writes as their
answer i don’t remember and how many points do they get for that uh… the big zero right and so what they’re
basically saying is i was there that day it’s like three weeks
ago i remember what you were talking about even
remember what you were wearing but i can’t quite remember what you said
and they’re trying to actually go back and remember that’s dangerous so that’s why you write it in your notes
so that you can go over it and over it and when the test comes it’s still fresh in
your mind that’s the goal okay so uh… as i mentioned a few minutes
ago i’m gonna give you a handout that uh… is sort of a a outline of what i’m
gonna talk about hopefully i’ll be able to get all the way through this today there’s always a lot that i would
love to share never enough time so i’ll just go ahead and sort of give you a but you can kind of pass that back if there are extras back there you can
just hold on to them and i’ll get ’em at the end and actually let me put some here case people show up late okay so in order to take better lecture
notes uh… there are seven things listed here uh… couple of little sub
points so this will hopefully be easy for you to follow uh… people who are really good note takers and there aren’t that many of them
actually because that’s a skill uh… end up doing almost all or all of these
things regularly it’s just a habit people who are not good note takers don’t do any of these or maybe they just
do one so if you can learn to do them you’ll be better at note-taking than
most people the first one on the list has nothing to do with taking notes in
class it just has to do with preparing for
lectures there are two suggestions there and i don’t know if anybody here does these already or not but they’re actually very simple but very
hopeful when the uh… lecture starts the first one of these so this is the
little sub point under number one is to review the notes and what notes are we talking about here with right the previous notes from the last
time you were in class most teachers when they lecture when
that’s their main way of teaching when they come into the classroom they
put everything down they might take role and then usually they don’t review alot
they just sort of hit the ground running right where they
left off the time before if it’s been five days if it’s been a
week since you were in there last time it’s really hard to remember what the
teacher was talking about at the end of class and as a result it’s there’s hard to focus at the
beginning so if you were to spend five to ten minutes before class right before or earlier that morning or even the
night before just kind of remembering that it helps and then the other one
that’s part of that is uh… previewing the textbook and so if you have a teacher who lectures basically from the textbook so every time you go there’s a chapter
covered for you to spend fifteen minutes before you go to class and become familiar with the main terms
the summary all of that it helps you when the teacher talks to
start following them right from the beginning kind of warming up your brain
and so these again might take a total of twenty or thirty
minutes to do number one but it actually helps alot when the
lecture begins so this is a very basic one and uh… there’s a lot more that i can
say about that but i’m gonna go ahead and move on the second one on the list is something that i always
explain to my students early in this semester very
early and that is when in doubt write it down
that’s my rule for note-taking um… are you able to write down everything
the teacher says no unless you are the fastest writer
ever so that means all the time while you’re listening to the teacher you have
to make choices should i write that do i not need to write that and
sometimes it’s really hard to tell whether you should write something or
not is that important or not some teachers are really good about
telling you this is really important write it down
that’s nice but most teachers don’t do that they
just talk and so one of the reasons that you want to do these things is so that when you get the class and you listen to the teacher you already have an idea of what’s
important in the book or what was made important last time and then you can
make good choices but the other part of this is uh… if you’re ever in a class and the
teachers talking fast and you’re trying to write things down and you’re trying
to decide if you get to a point where they’re
saying something and you hesitated you think should i write that or not what’s the best thing to do write it down ok uh… it’s much better to make a
mistake on the side of writing too much in your notes rather than not enough and often times
in my class i see students looking at me and paying attention to me and so that’s nice to see but then i make several points in a row and i look and they just are sitting there just like it’s a conversation and they’re
listening to me but they’re not writing any of it down and that makes me always very nervous
because there may be a test two weeks or three weeks later and i know that most of them are’nt going
to remember anything of what i said if you write it down and as as i said
before you get to go back and review it later so if you’re ever wondering it’s like fifty-fifty should i write that
or not go ahead and write it if you’re pretty much sure it’s not important go
ahead and skip it but it’s better write too much than not at
all okay so that’s very simple principle
number two okay now for these next couple gonna
slow down a little take a little more time number three is my my main uh… advice that i give students about
note-taking and that’s to go on a diet which sounds like a very strange uh…
suggestion anyone want to guess what i mean by that mmhhh…. yeah that’s right we’ll uh… when
somebody goes on a diet and they lose a lot of weight what happens to their body it shrinks right that’s what you’re trying to do now i
just got through telling you that the number one mistake that most people make
is that they don’t write enough they sit and listen but they don’t write
enough that’s a problem the second most common problem is this
and that is once their hand starts moving and they start writing they write way too many words and every time you’re writing
these words the teachers always talking faster than your writing which means
you’re falling further and further behind it is very
frustrating especially if your teacher really is fast like a lot of them are
and so uh… what you should do is learn to
go on a diet there are actually several ways to do that but i’m gonna show you
one and kind of illustrate it and then give you another one two ideas the first one so again this is under
number three is to learn how to use abbreviations a lot when you take
notes most of you who take notes now probably
use a few of those but i want you to learn how to use even more and so uh… i want to ask a question before
i show you what i have in mind here uh… some people i ask do you use
abbreviations when you take notes and they say oh no no no i would never do that and i ask them why and what do you
think there reason is yeah they they’re they’re terrified and this is a good fear they’re terrified that they’re gonna
forget what that’s an abbreviation of and then when they go back to their
notes they don’t even understand them so that’s a problem okay but i have something in mind for you so let me
show you this um… if you were in a history class and you walked in on the day of the
lecture and your teacher said today in class we’re going to talk about
the period of history in our country after the civil war which was called
reconstruction so that’s the whole subject of the
lecture well you’re gonna have to write that
word reconstruction a lot you don’t want to write that a lot it’s a very
very long word and also and some of you who are taking more technical classes if you don’t know how to spell the word that slows you down even more because
you’re trying to get it right so i wanna write the word reconstruction here and i
know how to spell it so that makes it faster but just look you don’t have to time it
on your watch or anything but look how long it takes me even if i write fast to write that word what is the teacher doing while i’m
writing that yeah talking if you ever get a teacher
who says that’s a long word i’ll wait while you all write it down you should almost have a heart attack
they never do that they’re just talking ok so while you’re writing they’re getting further and further away from you and so this is
a mistake well one abbreviation that people
sometimes think of for this would be something like this and that’s a lot shorter and even though
it doesn’t seem like it matters that much every second is kind of important when
you’re racing to stay up with the teacher so this would be good uh… what’s wrong with this abbreviation yeah this could stand for lots of things right and that’s what we were talking
about before you don’t want to get confused about that but i’m gonna give you a suggestion and
i know this is going to sound like a bad idea but you just have to sort of
hang with me for a minute my favorite abbreviation of this word is
not this or this it’s this and that’s a real abbreviation that’s
like a diet down to one letter now what i’m not saying is that when you
abbreviate things that it should always be one letter anything you do to make it shorter is
good but this looks like a terrible idea why
because that could stand for thousands of words right and can you
imagine if you wrote notes and you thought of
this really good abbreviation and you used it all over the page and
then you looked at it like three weeks later before the test that you have no
idea what r is thats bad thats really bad so this brings me back to the first point
that i made on the uh… outline and that is to prepare for lectures one of the things a lot of people do
which doesn’t take very long and very smart is that when they’re looking through
their notes or their textbook especially their book and they happen to notice that there are
certain words that keep coming up over and over again in the book because
that’s the main subject of the chapter they realize when i go to class tomorrow or later
today i’m gonna have to write that word a lot and i don’t want to write it so what they do is they find a sheet of
paper write the word abbreviations at the
top and they abbreviate that and then in this example they would write r
equals and then write the word reconstruction and then they look in that same chapter
and they notice the president of the united states
during most of that time was a man named andrew johnson what is a good abbreviation for andrew
johnson yeah a_j_ but all of you have had history classes
you know that there are hundreds of names in there and so there could be another a_j_ you
want to get that mixed up so you go back to your little page and you write a j equals
andrew johnson and maybe just write two or three more when you get to class and you’re ready to take notes and i’m sitting next to you and i haven’t even
looked at the book i don’t even know what the lectures about at all as soon as the teacher comes in and says today we’re going to talk about andrew
johnson and reconstruction and then they just are talking really fast i’m sitting there re cons st st struc tion and i’m going really slowly and you’re writing your
abbreviation down and then going fast and then when you go back later to
review your notes you don’t have to remember now what was
a uh… j what was r because it’s on your little key so it
takes your memory out of it which is good so especially when a teacher of
yours lectures from the book you can look ahead of time and try to make a
little strategy like this and again it doesn’t take very long but it helps when the time comes so
that’s what i mean by abbreviations and i’m gonna show you a couple more
examples in just a little while and then the other part of this uh.. number three talking about going on
a diet with your notes is this and i’m going to say this two
different ways one is leave out unimportant words uh… when you’re writing notes in class are
your notes supposed to be usually beautiful full sentences no and what some people do is they write
beautiful sentences all the way out and that slows them down because again
you’re trying to shrink what you do so what you want to do is make you’re
no notes uh… something that an english
teacher would have a heart attack looking at because it’s terrible english
and all that terrible grammar and as a result its all choppy all kinds of words are taken out and it’s just the basic words that you need again i’m gonna show
you how this works in a few minutes people find this sometimes hard to do at
first because they’re thinking all right you
want me to use abbreviations and you want me to leave out un
important words so they’re trying to listen to the
teacher and write good notes and remember to use abbreviations and
remember what words to take out it just seems like it’s too hard but if you practice it enough you start getting really good and really
fast at it and again i’m gonna show you what it looks like actually in writing in just a little
while so these are the two uh… parts of
going on a diet okay now the next one on the list is number four which is know
your instructor and this could mean a lot of different
things but i have one uh… specific idea and then a follow
up to it um… the first one is to understand your teachers lecture style so this is the first part of that their lecture style uh… you know that uh… from your
experience as a student whether that’s a lot of experience or a little you know
that every teacher has a different way that they get their material across how many of you have a teacher this
semester who uses the screen and shows power point or something
similar to that got any only a few only a few how about uh… teachers who write on
the board got some of those okay uh some people uh… give handouts go off of that ok and then
other people other teachers just stand there and talk you have nothing to look at it’s just talk
talk talk for two or three hours ok that makes it hard so what i mean by the lecture style is what does your teacher want you to write
in the notes ok some teachers are very good about
telling you ahead of time this is what you should write but quick
question for you when you see something on a board that somebody wrote or it’s
on the screen like on a power point um… should you write those things down in your notes yet the answer to that uh… officially
is uh… not sure it depends on the teacher
ok some teachers if you ask them i noticed that you use the board a lot
or that you have the power point am i supposed to be writing all that down some teachers you know what they’ll
say yes that’s why i’m writing it up there and so you need to write it but there
are other teachers who say you don’t have to write all that down it’s all in your book i’m just giving you all of that as a visual aid so you can
follow me better when i teach and you can write a little of it but you
don’t have to sit there writing like crazy those of you who have teachers who
use power point if you ever had this teachers don’t understand how long it
takes for people to write things down and so they’re clicking clicking click
into the next one and you almost get a sore neck trying to write all that down
ann sometimes you need to write it but sometimes you don’t um… so you’re trying to understand
early in the semester for every teacher ’cause they’re all different what do you want me to write how do you
want me to write the notes and then the other part of this is this uh… i’m gonna uh… sort of introduce
this first before i write it on the board there is a habit that you can get into doing that i bet nobody here has ever done in
your life that will take you less than five
minutes and it’ll help your notes to be much
better after that and should help you get better grades so that should sound pretty good it just
takes a few minutes of your time and it helps everything get better and
here’s what it is when you show up to most college classes
the very first day what does the teacher usually do the
first day talks about the class so they they usually give you a syllabus they explaine what you’re gonna be
doing the rules usually they don’t lecture very much unless it’s a like a
three hour class and so they just kind of introduce the class right then
the second time you go that’s usually the start right so this is the first
lecture and unless you’ve had that teacher before which you probably haven’t this is the first experience you’ve ever
had watching this person teach and listening
to them so all new to you right so here’s the little habit when the first lecture of the semester
is over and the teacher says i’ll see you next
week and everybody starts walking out the
door what i want you to do is not walk out the door but instead walk
up to your teacher and show the teacher something what are you gonna show them yeah your notes have you ever shown a teacher your
notes before most people say are you kidding you know i would never do that because
there’s sort of embarrassed about them but this is one of the best things that you can
ever do um… the reason for that going to start that with you the reason for that is this um… there are a few teachers a few who will
not react very well to this but most teachers will really react well if you walk up after the first lecture
your teacher doesn’t really know who you are yet they’re still learning the names so you would go up to them as they’re
getting ready to leave the room and you’d say uh… you’d introduce yourself and then you’d say i wonder if you could
do me a really big favor if you’ve got i took notes today i don’t have any idea if these notes are
good for what i need in this class or not so could you just take a minute or two
and look at the notes and just give me an idea of if
whether i’m on the right track or whether
they’re way off every once in awhile a teacher won’t
help you but most teachers will be so excited that you actually care that much to ask them to look at your notes
that they’ll be very happy to and so here’s what will happen the teacher
says oh sure that’s fine and so you you give them your notes and they put it
on the podium right in front of them i know that that’s a little bit um…
scary for you to stand there watching the teacher evaluate your notes but here’s what will happen sometimes
not very often but sometimes the teacher will look at your notes and then they’ll say yeah these are good these are good and you say really okay that’s good and then how if that’s
the case if that happens how are you gonna take notes every time
you go to class after that yeah same way but is that usually going to happen no instead here’s what’s gonna happen you
give your notes to the teacher yeah sure let me look at ’em and then while you’re standing there the
teacher starts looking through your notes and starts making this sound that only
teachers can make it’s like this tch, tch, tch and they’ll look at you and say no no these really are not very good now if they say that to you i know what
you want to say back you want to look at them and say well if you just talk slower than i can
and this is not time to get into an argument that’s bad but what you do
is this and a lot of students have taken me up on this and have done it
they say oh these notes really aren’t that good for this class and they
say no they’re not can you show me an example of where i messed up and so here’s what the teacher might do
they might look on your notes and they might say see right here you wrote this little phrase in your notes and you look at it and say yeah here it is looks good and i wrote that and they said i’m glad you wrote that because i put it on the board but they’ll say i talked about that
subject for over ten minutes and that’s all i see on your paper there
are no notes about it at all and so you might say well the reason i didn’t write anything down
is that you were just giving examples and i didn’t really think it was that
important to write the examples down and so the teacher might say in this class whenever i say the words for example write the next thing that i say so in
other words they’re teaching you how to take notes for them and every
teachers different for this and so if you show them bad notes and they point out how to make them
better then your notes after that should be
better and then your grade should go up here’s what people do all the time which
is kind of sad the go to the first lecture of the semester
they take notes and the notes are really bad they don’t know their bad but they’re just bad the next time they
come how do they take notes the same way same way bad bad bad bad bad bad and then they
gather all their notes they’re bad notes to study for their first test and how do they do on the test bad but if they take notes bad notes once and then they fix them from then on
because they know what the teacher said then their notes are better better
better and then their grades usually are better also so the uh… the little
section there under know your instructor would be you can see it this way show
the notes to teacher uh… early in the semester for evaluation is probably the best way to say it you could do that even now i know it’s the seventh week and it
would’ve been good to do it like the first or second week but if you’re taking a lot of notes in
your class now and you’re not even sure if you’re even
close to being what you’re supposed to be as a note taker it wouldn’t hurt even now to go up to
the teacher afterward and say this is how i’ve been taking notes all semester should i change something or do these
look good and then just let the teacher tell you and it’ll help a lot ok so that’s a
concept of know your instructor any questions on any of these four so
far we’re gonna get to the last couple which are important but i wanna make sure your all ok before i move we’re good ok so um… the number five on the
list is use a good note-taking system or method uh… there are actually a lot of ways
to take notes and when i ask students this question i
almost always get the same answer i say when you take notes what method do you use and most people look at me what method and i say yeah they say well
mine in other words they just sort of write stuff i kinda made it up in order to be a good note taker because every teachers different you
need to have more than one way of taking notes if you have like three or four different ways that would
be good one of those ways would probably be your
favorite one and it would usually work but you’re gonna get into a class where
that just doesn’t work and it’s good to have plan b and plan c well the one that i want to show you
some of you may be already familiar with but this method of note taking actually
works very well for a lot of students it’s not perfect and it doesn’t work for
everyone equally but it’s always has a good track record so i
want to go through this with you for a couple minutes and teach it to you and then i’m gonna show you an example
of this so that you could really get a good idea of uh how it uh… looks in
practice ok so this is called the cornell
note-taking system and you can always read the information these steps later on but for right now to make this easier i want you to go ahead and turn to the
back side and look at the little diagram there ok
and so what i want to do this is just uh… kind of a visual aid for you i want to show you how notes are taken
this way and then i’m going to give you an example and show you why they’re helpful
for a lot of students ok so here’s what you do to take notes in the cornell method
uh… normally unless you have very strange notebook paper your paper has a little margin on the
left side right and so what you do to do this is you go up to the very top line and
you do this ahead of time and you have to prepare your paper and it takes five seconds to prepare it so
it’s about as easy as it gets you go to the top-line right at the
margin you go in about one more inch and then you draw a line down you stop about five six lines from the
bottom and you draw another line across and you just do that on every piece of
paper that you’re going to use so that’s pretty easy when you do a when you’ve drawn these
two lines you’ve divided your notes into three
parts this big part right here which is where
you’re going to take notes during class and then this wide margin and this bottom
part and you’re not going to do anything with these during the lecture this is for afterward and so then when the teacher starts
teaching you’re gonna be writing notes in this
section and the one difference between the way you may take notes now and the
way this asks you to is that you’re going to be writing some
things right here at the margin and you’re gonna be writing other things
in further on the page and so what goes here at the margin is what is listed right here and by the way when you do this with your notes
you’re not supposed to write the words main idea and supporting details on the
paper it just shows where they go again it’s kind of a diagram but here’s the way this looks the teacher is going to be a history
teacher again and they’re gonna teach you today about the many causes of the civil
war so that’s the subject of the the um…the lecture first thing they say is the first cause of the civil war in this
country was the economic problems in the country at the time so that’s the first main idea the first
subject you write that here then they give you details probably more
details then you want all those details get written here then they say let’s go on to the second
cause of the civil war which was slavery and you go back here write that you write the details about it and that’s basically the way you take
notes during the class again nothing over here nothing down here just the notes and one quick question about this and
that is uh… we talked about um… the idea of um… try to go on a diet
with your notes as much as possible on which part of these would you need to go on a diet more the main ideas or the details yeah the details and the reason is
cuz you wanna make sure you get the main ideas really clearly down it’s the details that most teachers fire at you way too fast and that’s
where you have to abbreviate and leave out unimportant words i’ll show you an example of this
in a little bit now if you’re still taking notes when
you get down here near the end of the uh… class uh… the bottom of this page is not
here because you’re saving this for later
it’s right there then you would go to another piece of
paper or the back side and just keep doing what you’re doing
with those two lines written and that’s how you take notes during the class k when the class is over then it’s time to review and part of the way you review is to
fill this out and the other one is to fill this out and i’m gonna show you
examples of that as we go when you look here at the… diagram you see that often this left margin it
talks about keywords or titles and then at the bottom it’s a summary so what is that exactly look like well if we take this as an example let’s say
that you wrote in your notes one cause of civil war was economic
problems in the country right across from it after class you
would write the same thing that you wrote here except just shorter just a few words like a title so you might write economic problems and then you’d slide down and read
second cause of civil war was slavery and you’d write the word slavery here and then you do that all the way down so
that’s what these titles look like and then the last thing you do is to write a short summary just a
couple of sentences where you name the main ideas again
maybe give a couple of details and then when you’re done that’s it it’s kind of a package deal alright now i want to show you an example of
how this works and then i gonna give you uh… sort of an explanation of
why this tends to help a lot uh… so let me go ahead and give you the this this should look at least sort of
familiar to you okay because it’s the same form as what
i just explained but this is what it looks like again actually having been
taken take it so uh… this is a these are notes
from a lecture in a biology class they all deal with poisonous animals as you
can see there and so uh…the person who took these notes wrote uh… the main ideas which were the
animals that were being discussed and then all kinds of details about each
one went back out to the margin details
back out et cetera same form all of this on the left all of this on the
bottom again was not touched during class at all um… i want to have you take a look at
all of this and i know that you haven’t actually heard this lecture but i just
want to show you a few things um… i talked about uh… leaving
out unimportant words abbreviating if you look at the very top of the page
where it says arrow poison frog the very first fact listed there even though you’ve never heard this
before i bet you can figure out what it says what does it say rainforest and whats the other part see this is hard going backwards from
not having heard it right what this first uh… phrase was in the lecture was the this animal the aero poison frog lives
in the rain forests of south and central america that’s what that means and there are forty types they’re all less than two inches long et cetera et cetera okay so rather than writing they live in the
rainforest of south and central america which would take you forever you try to
figure out a way to shorten words to abbreviate and just right at like a skeleton
without any meat on it that’s the way i describe the notes and again if you gave this to an english teacher
they would have a heart attack looking at it cause it’s all terrible no correct spelling grammar it doesn’t matter
ok as long as you understand what it means that’s the important thing also
you remember i said a little while ago that doing a little research ahead of time and figuring out some abbreviations
you’re going to use is very helpful well if you look in the upper corner of the
page you see where it says p equals poison this person knew that this lecture was
going to be about poisonous animals and they thought i’m gonna have to write the word poison
poisonous poisoned all the time i don’t wanna right that it takes too long so they came up with a little key that every time they have to write any
of those words they’re going to just put a capital p_ and if you look down the
list you see a lot of capital p’s and that saved precious seconds that they
could use them to keep up with the teacher again it’s like a race that you
are trying to keep up um… so this is the way that notes actually look and then
there’s a summary at the bottom which mentions the names of the three
animals again and gives a few little details about each one ok now uh…
everything that you see here should look familiar based on what i taught you
about this and even though i went through it quickly there’s one thing though on here that
should not look familiar because i didn’t say anything about it what is that yeah besides the summary yeah is the
numbers okay i didn’t say anything about number
so what is that well i’m gonna show you that in a second turn to the back side if you
would these notes are exactly the same as these
everything is the same front and back except one big thing which is all these little words out to the side so if you take a quick look back at your
outline for this workshop you see number six there which says review
your notes interactively now how do you think most people review
their notes when they go back to study them what do
you think they do with them or what do you do with your notes yeah how do you review ’em yeah what most people do is they try to read ’em figure out what they wrote
and then if they have time after that what do they do read ’em again and then if they have time to read ’em
again and they just hope that if they look at
it enough that somehow it’ll get in their brain and they’ll remember it for
the test well that’s studying your notes reviewing
’em but it’s not the best way to do it the best way to do it is interactively
and what that means is this i’ll show you this example uh… we take this that’s already been
taken in the cornell method and take a blank sheet of paper or your hand or a
book or whatever and you cover up the entire page except
for that left column and then you read the first title out
loud to yourself and then what’s the next thing you do yeah you test yourself right so you say okay and that’s what these numbers are i’m
supposed to know seven things about the a arrow poison frog what are they and you actually test yourself and then when you’re done you
go back and say okay i got that one i got that one i got that one wrong so you
make a little note i forgot that one completely and so that’s
what interactive means it’s that your testing yourself not just staring at
them but testing yourself and when you
cover up the majority of the page what is this page more like now as a study tool what do you have what what do you use as a
study tool that has two sides to it yeah flashcards right so you test yourself
and learn what’s on the back well you don’t even have to do that with
these because they’re actually already in that form you have one side
and the second side and then even better than that even
though it’s not necessary or required when we go to the other side uh… it’s a lot easier to test yourself
when you have these little words that prompt your memory because if you’re on the front side
you’re just saying okay i know i’m supposed to know seven
things about the arrow poison frog what are they and you’re trying to remember here
you’re actually able to say okay where where do they live how many types are there what’s the
size and it makes you learn the material faster and so you always know if your notes are
good if you’re able to go back to them later
and test yourself from them to get ready for the test and if you can’t really test yourself on
them at all all you can do is just look at ’em they’re not very helpful so this
format the reason i like this format a lot is because then you’re able to fill
things out on the left and then cover up and test yourself and see what you know and what you don’t
know and then keep testing yourself till you
know it all and then when the test comes the real one you should do very well okay so that’s
the meaning behind uh… and studying the notes or
reviewing it interactively ok and then of the last thing that i wanted to share with you
just for a couple minutes uh… has to do with number seven which
is type or rewrite your notes and by the way i should say one more thing about
this uh cornell method that’s kind of important and that is uh… this method of note-taking does not work
equally well with every teacher the kind of teacher that this works the
best with is a very organized teacher who seems to be following some kind of
an outline when they teach all of you i think have had teachers
like that where everything is just step to step to step but all of you have probably also had at
least a few teachers they didn’t teach that way at all it
seemed like they were making it up as they went along and they are just all over the
place it’s really hard to take notes in this
method when the teacher talks about one thing and then a second thing and then they say more things about the
first thing and they are just all over so if you have an organized teacher this works great if your teachers not
like that at all then you may need to figure out another
way to do it but this is a something that’s kind of important for you to know
so as far as number seven goes and uh… by the way is this did the
sign-in sheet make it back ok just want to make sure that’s right somebody
brought it up i want to take a look at these before i have you go um… type or rewrite your notes uh… do you think if you took time to
type up your notes on your computer or rewrite them on
paper that they would be better than the notes you took originally you know the chances are really good the
answer is yes okay but and so everybody kind of understands that but
then i say okay so why don’t you do that with your notes and everybody says you want me to rewrite it you want me to type ’em up you know
it’s seems like i don’t have time for that it takes a lot of effort and i
understand that uh… i’ve even had a few people say so
you think it’s important to type up your notes or rewrite and i said
yes it’s very helpful and they actually handed me their notes and they say could you
do that for me and i said no first of all i’m really busy but second
of all that misses the whole point and so what
i wanted you to be aware of for this is when your sitting there at your computer and you’re reading your notes and you’re trying to figure out how to say them better or you have paper and you’re trying to
rewrite them you’re not just copying everything that you tried to re-do them what are you doing basically while you’re re writing or
typing ’em yeah you’re reading ’em over and you’re
thinking about’em which means you’re reviewing ’em which is really good and so the act of
doing that of typing or re-writing your notes is review its study and then when you’re done you have notes
that are better than the ones who took in class and so you may not be able to
do this with every class you have but if you have one class in particular where the teacher talks really fast or
gives a huge amount of information one of the best things you could do later
that day or that night while it’s still sort of fresh is to go back over your notes and type
them up or rewrite on and then the notes are better you’ve studied while you were doing it it’s all good so i know it seems like a
hassle like it takes time but there’s a lot of benefit to doing it
so i would definitely recommend that okay uh… let me take a quick look here and
always want to make sure i can read these uh… michelle michelle okay just wanna make sure i got
uh… the names right okay good alright so i’ll email all these teachers
later today uh… remember next week is the workshop
on how to predict test questions i think that’s kind of a helpful things so i’d
love to see you back for that one and thanks for coming today


  1. great tips. the only problem with implementing all of them is when you have 11 courses. every semester it is problematic from a time perspective.

  2. For those who are not structured in teaching, write the information but then use post it notes if they go back to already writing notes. That way the information is not missing and that it stands out for acknowledgement.

  3. This guy is really good, I would recommend everyone who is in the same position as me to watch this – those who are currently experiencing 7 weeks preparing for their first year of university

  4. This is really good stuff. I watched this 3 years ago when I started 10th grade and it really helped me. Now I'm watching it again to prepare myself for my first year of university and it's still as helpful as I remember it to be back then ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. When l first started my course approximately two years ago, I wanted to motivate me in making sure l get the best out of my studies. I can say without this gentleman l could not have achieved what l have accomplished so far. Make sure you check out all his other videos too, l guarantee your coursework, assignments and study skills etc will improve. I am a product of his material.

  6. As a more senior learner, i have just completed a few 8-month courses and just recently been doing exams – In reviewing why I could not remember as much as I thought I should do; watching these videos has been a revelation…
    …From being a teenager to today the teaching part has not changed much at all. And this is a bad thing as neither time in my student 'life's' has very little been taught on how to revise, to take notes etc, like this tutor does. If I knew the information taught here then is would have achieved FAR MORE and created less stress for myself.
    …Sadly, here in the UK, it is basically a bit of help but you are on your own…I first came across this tutor last Saturday-most of the way through my exams …if only I saw this last year. Now I will put these ideas into practice in parts of my life that writing down information is important. Fantastic and informative series of videos …Many thanks from here in Britain and good luck to all students everywhere.

  7. hey ,if anyone else trying to find out study skills worksheets try Elumpa Simple Studying Alchemist (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some incredible things about it and my colleague got cool results with it.

  8. thanks somebody will talk to me in english plz by my whatsapp number i wana improve my speaking plz help someone

  9. The lecture note handout is available here:

  10. I would be terrified to ask a teacher to check my notes (I feel like I would be acting like a child lol)- but I guess I should just swallow my pride and ask since the benefit is useful….

  11. Awesome guy, but I hate the fact the caption transcripts are truncated to 3 minutes here also.
    Please let the cc be there, it helps so many people.

  12. I've never written notes before and I'm going to start college soon, so this video is very informative and helpful ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you!

  13. to Understand is why I heed when teach are Testifying ๐Ÿ˜‰ Lets Goooo #IronSharpenIron๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ด๐Ÿ’ต๐Ÿ’ต๐Ÿ’ต๐Ÿ’ด๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ‘โœŒ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’›โœŠ

  14. My English is my second language. When Iโ€™m taking notes during lecture I have to try to understand what does professor said. If thereโ€™s a new word that I didnโ€™t understand, I consult the book and review them. This is some tips to help me a lot and make me a better note taker at any speed.

  15. is this what will always happens to the profs in the end of the lecture, they didnt even say goodbye and thank you sir..

  16. Thank you forย the great lesson.ย ย I have learned so much about Cornella notes, and even to ย understand to review from the previous notes to make it even better. Thank you again. I wish I watched this video way before university workloads start. It's a blessing for anyone study at high school, tafe, or universityย watching your videos.

  17. The department of defense has a
    Perfect system.
    You're provided a workbook at the
    Beginning of lecture. Outline on lecture has blanks where key points occure. You write the point
    In the blank . This method allowed
    Me to ace all my courses thru all
    My engineering and commercial
    Aeronautics over a decade of tests
    What do you think ?

  18. I would write down everything . I got to be pretty good, because I got all straight A's. I once tried to study ,n I got the only F ever. I listened during the lessons .

  19. I had teachers who just moved on to the next slide like crazy. I just took pictures of the screen with my phone

  20. As an adult, this could have helped me my entire life. Not only would it help for school, but taking notes for meetings.

  21. Hi…May you help me in how to listen and write together effectively. I am preparing for an PTE Academic test.

  22. How To Take Better Lecture Notes | Notes
    1)Preview notes
    2)Preview text

    -Use abbrev
    -Leave out unimportant words
    -Lecture style
    -Show notes to teacher early for evaluation
    -Type or rewrite your notes

  23. You can also go online and search for Cornell Note Outline and print out as many of which ever you want. My school uses this note taking technique and it's really helpful

  24. Most teachers should make this clear as you did … I am 24 and I never learned how to write correct notes until today.. I Thank You ๐Ÿ˜Œ!!!๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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  26. Youre a GREAT teacher !!!

    I love sharing your teaching strategies with my classmates
    co workers and family

    thank you for being you

  27. Wow. This is soooo helpful. I am so glad that I bumped into your channel before I enroll to my university!!!! I think this is the class for every student that needs to be studied start from maybe high or even middle school! A huge thank you!!!

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