Tips on Note Taking

One of the most important skills that we can learn in college is how to take accurate notes. Below are some tips on how to develop your own style of note taking.

Use the Cornell Note Taking Method

  • helps distinguish major from minor points
  • helps you process necessary information
  • provides a clear picture of the information

Use an outline

  • use words or phrases
  • use symbols to represent words or ideas
  • do not use sentences

Put notes in your own words

  • Paraphrase
  • Summarize
  • Do not copy EXCEPT when
    • terms are used (medical, scientific, etc.)
    • formulas are used
    • definitions are used
    • specific facts are used

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