Taking Notes in Class

Taking Notes in Class (History)
College Freshman
Austin Community College, Austin,Tx

Taking notes in class is very important because that's the only you will learn. Another way if you don't like writing is to record with a mini tape recorder in class then go back and listen to the recorder and rewrite your notes. It is also a good idea to have a highlighter so that you can highlight important information.

Note-taking in History
Danielle, College Freshman
Austin Community College, Round Rock, TX

I really enjoyed these helpful hints of note-taking in history, because for the most part I am not so good in history. Some of the main things I enjoyed was how the professor encourages students to ask questions if they do not understand something. I think that is one thing that students have the most trouble with, especially if they are new to the school, is asking their teacher something they do not understand.

Another tip that I liked was how the professor encourages students to make a chart of names and important dates in history so they can go back to this chart in the future. If I would have thought about that in all my history classes I probally would have remembered a lot more!

Taking Notes for History
College Freshman
Round Rock Higher Education Center, Round Rock Texas

I really like this one because there is a lot of note taking with history. I do write whatever the instructor says that is important.

How to Study History
College Freshman
Austin Community college, Cedar Park

History is something that you either know it or you don't know it. In this reading, it taught me that you can either study history the correct way and do good on your test or do it the wrong way and fail. It basically says history is all about what you remember, time management, and most important the test preparation. After reading this it made me realize that history is not a hard class , you just have to remember what you read about and important dates.

Taking notes in class
College Freshman
Austin Community College, Round Rock

I learned some very good information from reading this. I always write too much and get too focused on what to write down that I sometimes don't pay enough attention to what is being said. I have learned what to write down and what to listen to. There are some very good tips to help out in this article.

Note Taking Skills
College Freshman
Austin Community College, Austin, TX

These hints are good information. When taking notes I think it's important to write down the important information that the professor is stating. Highlighting the high points in your notes help when studying. Another great way to take notes is to use a tape recorder in class and when you get home take notes over what you listen to.

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Monique Dempsey, College Sophomore
Sierra College, Rocklin

Overall the notetaking strategies seem to have great ideas in them. My learning style must be a little different because I take notes in class word for word from the instructor so I can get the full picture when I later read them. I like to know everything about the topic so I can paint my own picture. Most students go to college full time and have many projects and readings going on at the same time. Therefore not taking enough notes may hurt later on because the inability to recall the information may happen. If a student chooses to take this advice and take a shorted amount of notes then I would make sure to let that student know to review those notes right away.

Ahh... Taking notes. The most important part of the lecture
Joe Lucchesi, College Sophomore
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

Well, there you are again. Your history professor is speaking to the class and you have some stuff written down. Does any of it make sense? If not, there are some things to help you along.

My biggest problem is writing legibly. Writing so you can read it is the important thing. Organizing your notes and making sure that each date is on each paper could help reduce the infamous "ehh... what was this for again?"

In some courses, the best way to study is to re-write the note immediately after taking them. It sounds crazy, but trust me it will stick in your mind a lot more.

Another important factor in effective note taking is sifting through all of the unimportant stuff the professor throws in there. There are key words you should listen for and write down including, but not limited to: names, dates, places, and importance to the subject. If the class is United States history, and the professor is speaking about organic chemistry, it would be a good time to catch up on your notes.

Finally, it is important to read the assigned reading before coming to class. This is because if you read before class you will have a better grasp of what the professor is speaking about when the time comes.

College Freshman
ACC, Austin, TX

This article was very helpful and not just for History. If you are taking any class that you need to take notes in, it would be helpful. I know that I will use this article when I get in to nursing school.

HS Freshman
the Hockaday School, Dallas, Texas

OMG I am in 6th grade at the Hockaday School, which is rated number 3 in America, and it is freshman level, and I am flunking history! I need as much help studying as I can, because I flunked the last quiz, and it was soooo hard, and this one is a TEST!!!!!!!!!! I'm gonna fail! )*: and iI am so busy writing notes in class that I sometimes forget to listen -- just like it says! This website is helping, but I'm still scared! )*:

Good info!
Sierra College, Grass Valley

I liked this resource a lot because the advice applies to many classes other than history. I am having a hard time taking notes in class because it seems that the teacher talks too fast for me to write things down. One of the pieces of advice in this article is to take notes on the sections of the book that the teacher is discussing before one goes to class. I think if I take better notes in the book, I should be able to listen better in class and summarize what the teacher is saying rather than copying every word he speaks.

I also liked that this article discussed the importance of developing several levels of interpretation. The teacher, textbook, and oneself are three different perspectives. Although some teachers want you to spit their words back at them like a parrot, other teachers are interested in what their student's perspective is on a topic.

Carl Ward , HS Junior
Cambridge South Dorchester , Cambridge, Md

The document contains a lot of information. People might understand it better, if it were better organized. Other than that the document is full of tips that would people in a college course succeed.

I really believe that understanding the lecture and taking a few notes is much better than written down the whole lecture. Also the tip about copying your notes over really helps you remember information. As said in the document, many people get embarrassed by asking questions during a lecture. I think it is important to ask questions so the student can fully understand the information. The document as a whole is very helpful and I believe all college students should read it.

Taking Notes
HS Junior
Cambridge-South Dorchester High, Cambridge, MD

Note taking is so important that many people, including me, write everything down during a lecture and forget what the lecturer was actually saying. Reading an assigned passage makes it so much easier to understand a lecture. I agree because you already have an idea of the concept so you can now listen more and write less. I agree that outlining notes in a way other than only paragraphs makes it much easier and more clear to study and understand.

Many people in our class sleep during movies or videos, so I agree that it is also important to pay attention everyday, because anything said or shown in class can be used on an exam. As I usually do not make notes very organized, I will try to start now and get used to doing what is suggested here. Another tip I liked is re-writing the notes afterwords, it will be more legible and will stick in your mind easier. This is a very good outline of how to make the most efficient way of studying.

Taking Notes in Class Review
Hannah Wood, High School
Cambridge-South Dorchester High, Cambridge, Maryland

This article will be very helpful in the future, when I am in a college class which mainly consist of professors lecturing. I think one of the key components is making sure you have read your assigned reading, because many people do not. How are you supposed to know what they are talking about if you haven't read?

Another great part of the article is where they focus on making sure you are able to get the more important topics out of the lecture. Normally these will be talked about more and on the exam.

A really cool part about this article is that it is written by an actual professor. He describes how many students don't raise their hand or ask when they don\t understand, because they are scared. Don't be scared. Ask questions.

Taking Notes in History Class
Jeremiah D
Sierra Community College, Rocklin, CA

This article presents thoughtful suggestions to taking better notes in history classes. In general, it gives ideas that help students do better and retain the information more efficiently. I like the suggestion of reading assigned readings before class. This is one way of pre-exposing oneself to ideas that will be taught or discussed, helping the student retain information. This will help give the student a chance to digest the information- and allow for a chance to pay attention and figure out major concepts that might be on a test. Taking good notes is key, that's for sure!


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