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Review your assigned reading and previous notes you've taken before class. Bring plenty of paper and a sharpened pencil, an erasable pen or a pen that won't skip or smudge. Write the class name, date and that day's topic at the top the page.
Print if your handwriting is meager. Use a pencil or an erasable pen if you cross out material a lot so that your notes are easier to read. Take notes in one-liners rather than paragraph form. Skip a line between ideas to make it easier to find information when you're studying for a test.
Use Wide Margins
Leave a wide margin on one side of your paper so you’ll have space to write your own thoughts and call attention to key material. Draw arrows or stars beside important information like dates, names and events. If you miss getting a date, name, number or other fact, make a mark in the margin so you'll remember to come back to it.
Fill in Gaps
o Check with a classmate or your teacher after class to get any missing names, dates, facts or other information you could not write down.
Mark Questionable Material
Jot down a "?" in the margin beside something you disagree with or do not think you recorded correctly. When appropriate, ask your teacher, classmate, or refer to your textbook, for clarification.
Aaron Niles 2/12/13 Good Notes = Better Grades . Always use the same abbreviations for the same words and phrases so you'll immediately know what they stand for. w/o for without... Write down dates. When you hear "The reasons why. along with any handouts. and govt for government.. names. that's a signal that the information is important. Add information that will help you comprehend the material. To abbreviate." "Here is how. and note that it was on the board. and why they are important. Copy everything down. Check the Board When your teacher writes something on the board or projects it. These will help you remember the material. underline or circle important words and phrases. definitions.Listen for Clues Don't try to write everything down. Use a highlighter or a different color of ink to highlight. or use a symbol. and formulas. use b/c for because. Keep Organized Keep notes for the same class together." or a change in tone of voice. For instance. Use Abbreviations Abbreviations let you write more quickly. Complete any partially recorded notes and clarify any unintelligible sections as quickly as possible. Review and Highlight Go over your notes after class or after school while the lecture is still fresh in your mind. condense a word or phrase into initials. that indicates something noteworthy is about to be said. w/ for with.. Listen for cues from your teacher about what is important. Write down the gist of any examples or stories your teacher gives when explaining a point or concept.