General Study Habits

Time Management

Taking Notes & Reading


Interacting With Instructors

Contact Information


Taking Notes And Reading


"I wish I’d learned to do this in high school." It's an often heard comment from students on any college campus.

Unlike many of your high school courses, where teachers routinely gave you study sheets containing virtually all of the important information from a lecture, college professors expect you to follow a rapidly developing train of thought and to capture those thoughts in your own notes. Therefore, so it is in your best interest to develop good note-taking skills as quickly as possible. The notes you take in biology lecture should . . .

  • Capture the main points of a lecture, including relevant examples.
  • Be organized in some coherent manner for later study.
  • Leave room to include additional information learned after lecture.
  • Use a personalized shorthand notation that makes sense to you.

Your biology lecture notes should not. . .

Attempt to record every word the professor says during a lecture.

Simply be what the professor writes on the blackboard or overhead.


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