Making notes in class

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

e.g.  for example         NB
 
import, notice this 
 

i.e.

that is, that means

C19  

nineteenth century

re. 

regarding  ?

woman/female

etc.

and the rest 

 ?

man/ male

p.

page (pp. =pages )   

 @

at

para. 

Paragraph   

 /

per

Ch. 

Chapter (Chs. = chapters)

 =

equal to/ same as

Edn 

edition

 ≈ 

almost equal to

Info.

information

 ≠ 

not equal to

Cd

could

 &

and

Wd

would

 w/

with

Impt

important

 .·.

therefore

Devt

development

 b/c

because

Diff difference  >

greater/better than

this leads to/causes/produces  < less/smaller than

More advice on taking notes from Palgrave

Interested in studying in groups? Find out if Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is running on your course