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EFFECTIVE NOTE-TAKING

Do I need to write this down?

Your professors at Humber will expect you take notes in class and will give assignments and tests that reflect material covered in class. Many professors will put their PowerPoint presentations on BlackBoard, but these do not necessarily include their full lecture notes, examples, stories or videos. 

Be sure to continue to take notes during class activities, discussions, videos or Q&A sessions.


How do I know what is important?

Write what your professors emphasize by:

  • Writing anything presented through visual aids.

  • Paying attention to verbal emphasis, change of tone, repetition and body language.

  • Taking note of any examples used to support an idea.

  • Important topics are also indicated by the time spent on an idea and the number of times an idea is repeated.

POPULAR NOTE-TAKING STRATEGIES

SHORTCUTS TO SPEED UP YOUR WRITING

  • With - w/
  • Without - w/o
  • Because - b/c
  • Page - P
  • Question - Q
  • Example - e.g.
  • Lost & need to follow up with the professor - ?
  • Increasing - 
  • Decreasing - 
  • Number - # or NO.
  • Before - b/4
  • Change - chg
  • Versus - vs.
  • Could - cd
  • Would - wd
  • Should - shd
  • Therefore - ...
  • Percent - %
  • Most important - ***
  • Important - *
  • And - +
  • Continued - con't
  • Parallel - //

8 NOTE-TAKING TIPS