Beginning college note takers often
make some basic mistakes. Here are two easy ones to
avoid that will greatly improve the quality of your
- Trying to write down every
word the professor says is both pointless and
impossible. You must learn to concentrate on
what is being said and filter out the
nonessential portions that connect important
ideas and examples. Remember, by definition
notes are supposed to be an abbreviated
version of what the professor says.
- Theres probably more
content in a lecture than what the professor
actually writes on the overhead or
blackboard. Although what the professor
writes down is obviously important, in most
lectures there will also be important spoken
material that connects the ideas and terms
that actually end up on the screen or board.
Again, you must learn to recognize and record
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