Successful Note Taking
Center for Academic Student
AIM: Lina Maria Franco
• 50% is information that we recall
• 20-30% information is incorrect
• Passive vs. Active Listening
• Aka: Bad listening
• Not interested
• Fake paying attention
• “spacing out”
• PAYING ATTENTION!
• Determine what the speaker is saying is
• Arrange it so you CAN hear
• Listen OPENLY, don’t let your emotions
block out the noise
• Lead- Be prepared mentally and physically
• Ideas- Focus only on the main ideas and
• Summarize- Summarize and create links
between the ideas and concepts
• Talk- Ask questions for clarification or get
involved by asking for specific examples
• End- Stay to the END to conclude your notes
• Notes- Review what you have learned after the
lecture and before starting the next lecture
Questions and Problems
• What is Important?
• Do I write down every word?
• My Professor talks too fast!
• Can I simply record the lecture?
• Can’t I just print out the powerpoint?
What is Important?
• Beginning and Ending, Definitions, Terms,
• Emphasis on specific words
• Write notes about things that you don’t
• Look for main ideas supported by bullets,
listings, names and dates
• If you are still not sure, ask your professor
Write it all Down?!
• Do not write word for word. Be brief
• Translate into your words/ short hand
• Organize in a logical form and write legibly
• Re-write your notes after class and add
from other people’s notes
Recording Lectures & Print Outs
• Always ask!
• Are you REALLY going to have the time?
• Print outs help, BUT DON’T RELY on
• Refer back to the syllabus and class
• Are your questions answered?
• Personal notes- examples, stories, key
• Cornell Method
• Class, date, page #
• Use symbols and abbreviations
• Edit/Rewrite/Add to your notes
• Take Notes, Not Dictation
• Skip lines between points
– Visual break
– Fill in later
• Make sure YOU understand your notes!
Academic Insight Mentors (AIM) at Texas
A&M University- Corpus Christi