Students Who Excel Have a Powerful Strategy: Note Taking
- November 21, 2017
- Posted by: Yorktown Education Team
- Category: Discovery Learning
Taking notes in class may seem like the most normal thing to do for some people, but not everyone knows the long-term value. Students who understand the importance of note taking and devise some form of strategy usually excel more often in their classwork.
While there are many ways to jot down information while listening to a presentation, it’s much more effective to have a process to follow. Well-executed notes give students a strategic advantage when test time comes around.
Here are some tips that make note-taking a valuable tool for learning that sticks.
- Create questions from notes.Converting notes into questions that pertain to the material gives a fresh perspective. Using questions, then answering them based on what has been absorbed helps to summarize the material. It also offers a smart way for students to quiz themselves.
- Make time to study notes. Students who set aside study time to go over their notes, review and answer the questions they have created, retain more of the information and have better recall on tests.
- Writing not typing. Taking notes by hand with a pen or pencil proves a better retention method. Writing requires summarizing and some degree of interpreting, whereby typing is more like transcribing.
- Write in the margins.Writing comments or questions in the margins gives focus to something particular without being distracted from the material being presented.
- Read the notes.Students who reread and review their notes along with references to the textbook can best integrate the material the need to learn. Students who know the material well enough to be able to write longer questions are better prepared to write longer answers, even if they are not required to do so.
- Abbreviate for speed. Abbreviating makes notetaking much faster and allows students to capture more of the content. This can be done as a class project or individually. Either way it’s a helpful shortcut to good note taking.
At Yorktown Education, students are encouraged to find the best method that works for them when it comes to note taking, since everyone recalls and retains information differently. That’s part of our culture: respecting and empowering each student as a unique individual.