Notetaking provides several benefits beyond that record of what was presented in a book, video, or lecture or class activity.

Effective notetaking:

  • Notetaking makes it easier to review and enhance memory and recall of any material that you are learning.
  • Keeps you alert. Notetaking keeps your body active and involved and helps you avoid feelings of drowsiness or distraction.
    Engages your mind. Listening carefully and deciding what to include in notes keeps your mind actively involved with what you hear.
  • Emphasizes and organizes information. As you take notes, you’ll decide on and highlight the key ideas you hear, identifying the structure of a class presentation. You’ll also be able to indicate the supporting points of a presentation, making study and understanding easier after class. Such organized notes also make it easier for you to link classroom learning to textbook readings.
  • Creates a condensed record for study. A set of concise, well-organized notes from each class session gives you what you need for study, learning, and review after class.
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