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

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