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Note taking in lectures – after lectures

After lectures

Ask: Don’t be afraid to ask the lecturer for clarification either in the lecture, or afterwards.

Clarify: Use seminars and tutorials to clarify material from the lectures.

Review: Review your notes while the lecture us still fresh in your mind.

Taking notes

You will have to do a lot of note-taking at university, much more than you have ever had to do at school or college.

Note-taking is a skill which you will need in order to be a successful student. It’s also a skill which your future employer wants you to have: to be able to summarise what has been said or written, in a clear, concise form, with no important facts left out.

We cover six aspects of making notes:

a. Be selective
b. Mind maps
c. Cornell system
d. Recording lectures
e. Using notes
f. Making notes as you listen

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Note taking in lectures: Good Notes

(last update 06/09/2009)

It is important that you develop

– a note-taking system (linear notes, patterned notes or mind maps) that works for you. You may find it helpful to use different coloured pens, pencils and highlighters, and employ underlining, numbering and indenting, so you can emphasise headings, main and secondary points and examples. Read more…

Note taking in lectures

Listening and note taking in lectures

What is the purpose of lectures?

At university, lectures are one of the main methods of teaching. Think about some of the lectures you have attended. You will probably find that lecturers aim to achieve different outcomes, but these generally include one or more of the following:

  • to provide a summary of essential knowledge in a subject area
  • to guide your reading and research
  • to demonstrate how to do something, e.g. solve a problem
  • to present a point of view or different points of view
  • to challenge your thinking by presenting an area of controversy
  • to stimulate your interest.

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