Below are some tips to help you take better notes in class.I hope you enjoy it.
1. Do your homework before you go to class. Try to guess what the instructor will talk about.
2. Attend class lectures regularly. If you miss one class, it will be easier to miss more. And of course, if you don't go to class, you cannot take notes!
3. Use a standard-size 3-hole notebook for your notetaking. Spiral notebooks do not allow you to sort and organize your notes for review.
4. Keep your notes for each class separate from other classes. If it's possible, keep the notes from each class in a separate notebook binder.
5. Only write on one side of your paper. It's easier for you to organize your notes later. It's also too easy to forget about notes written on the back of the paper.
6. Carry extra pens and pencils to class. You cannot takes notes without a pen or pencil!
7. Don’t write down every single thing the instructor says. Think about what is being said and write down what is most important. Keep your mind working, and don’t be a note-taking robot!
8. If you miss some information, leave some blank space where that information is supposed to go. Fill in the gaps after the lecture. If you’re not sure of something, ask your instructor or classmates.
9. You should always leave plenty of space in your notes to add things later.
10. Take a tape recorder with you to record the lecture. Ask the instructor first, though.
11. Use notetaking symbols to help you write faster.
12. Listen for signal words from the professor.
13. Write the examples when helpful. Write down anything the professor writes on the board.
14. Pay special attention at the end of the lecture, because a lot of information might be given in the last 5-10 minutes.
15. Spend 10 minutes after class reviewing your notes. At this time you can change, organize, add, delete, summarize or clarify misunderstandings.
16. Make flash cards for unfamiliar vocabulary, ideas or concepts.
17. Re-copying your notes before a test might help you remember important details.
18. Share notes with your classmates. Find one or two other people who will exchange copies of notes with you. Three heads ARE better than one.
19. Consider typing your notes on a computer. When it comes time to study for tests, the Search function can help you locate material quickly.
20. Always take notes from your reading. If you highlight something, write it in your notes. Simply highlighting something doesn’t help you remember the information.