There are certain things that you can do in lectures when taking your notes to save yourself loads of time and effort in the future.
The Cornell Method
This method helps you organise and condense your notes. Within 24 hours of taking the notes, review, revise and write questions you need to follow up with. Then write a brief summary of key points in the bottom space of the page. This helps to increase your understanding of the topic.
If you miss something out in the lecture then leave a gap, add the information later from notes on Blackboard.
No one wants to open six month old notes only to find the key information just isn’t there! For a Cornell note taking template, click here.
Organising your notes
- Keep all notes from the same module together in a folder.
- Date each set of class notes or handouts at the beginning of the class and file your notes according to the dates.
- Note where you're missing notes and follow up with replacements and/or notes from Blackboard as soon as you can.
- For some people, typing up your notes will also make it a lot easier to read them when you come back to revise and also reduces the chance of you losing them.
Learning your notes
Make sure you set aside time to actually learn the material in your notes.
The best way to check for learning is to practise questions on exam papers or to teach the material you've learned to someone else.
Have a look at this video for memorisation tips: