Lectures tend to contain so much information that it is often difficult to know where to start making notes. Lecturing styles vary considerably, some lecturers will use handouts, others will use overheads, and some nothing. Learning how to take notes is an important skill in enabling you to maximise your time!
Everybody takes notes differently in classes; it is important that you find out which approach works best for you. Three different approaches are explained below, why not print off this template and try out each of these techniques to see which you prefer?
Cornell Method: This template divides the page into 4 sections for including information on sources covered in the lecture, questions/keywords, general notes and a summary
Linear Method: This approach involves you structuring your notes into ordered clusters by using subsections and breaking points
Concept Mapping: This method organises notes around a central concept with different concepts branching out going into more depth. Drawings, abbrieviations and colours can all be used to make it as memorable as possible
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