Tips on Taking Good Notes - Part II
Reading research offers some concrete suggestions for effective note taking when reading for comprehension. Suggestions include:
- Take notes about key ideas in the margin of your books when reading. Use sticky notes if you don't want to mark in your book.
- Always put notes in your own words.
- Make sure your notes center around the relationships between ideas. Some examples of relationships are:
- Whole to part
- General idea to specific examples
- Similarities and/or differences
- Cause and effect
- Use charts and graphs to organize the relationships between ideas and to help you create a mental picture of what you learned. This will help you remember the information you study.
- Take good notes in class, as you may remember more from your written words than from the instructor's spoken words. Also, review your notes for 10 minutes between classes.
- Study with other students. Teach others the information you are learning. If you can teach someone else you definitely understand what you are reading!
from the Academic Enrichment Department