Time management

Taking notes

It's important to take good notes

In higher education, we learn from many different sources: textbooks, lectures, papers, handouts, formal and informal discussions. Getting the skill to integrate this diverse range of material is one of the most important things you need to do in order make your study really effective.

With most other sources of information you can go back and check the original material. However, lectures are transitory and once the lecture is over all that remains is your memory and your notes.

The ‘best’ style of notes
The ‘best’ method is the one that works for you. However, the method that works well in one situation may not be as effective in another (lectures vs. books, or even different lecturers). It is vital for you to experiment – try the different methods of notemaking described in this book and find out what is most effective. You may even find that you will want to combine different types of notes within one lecture.