How to Take Notes in Class

When you are in the classroom and the teacher is talking, it may seem that there is too much to take in. You will feel that you have to copy down everything the teacher says. Sometimes, it is hard to decide what is important and what is not from what the teacher says. It is also hard to listen and write things down at the same time. It is absolutely hard to remember everything you learnt in a lesson. So, taking notes can be useful.

Taking notes is an important activity because it can help us remember things we see or hear. Taking notes in class can help us improve our concentration. It can help us organise and remember what we are learning. We can use our notes later to revise for exams.
General tips for taking notes

Before taking notes, decide on what is relevant and important from what you are learning. Taking notes can be done in picture form so you can also draw what you see or hear.

  • Use a pen or a pencil. Use a coloured pen to underline key words.
  • Keep your notes short and organised.
  • Use your own symbols, numbers to help you take notes quickly.
  • Try to use your own words.
  • Write down relevant facts. Facts are statements that are true.
  • Leave space next to your notes to add important key words later.
  • Use a mind map; this is a diagram with lines leading to words.
  • It doesn’t matter if your notes are untidy.

You don’t need to write down everything that the teacher says. You don’t need to write notes word for word either. At the end of every lesson, check that you can read and understand your notes. Practise this a few times and adopt what works best for you. Remember that there is no right way or wrong way about taking notes.

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  1. Leonard Karera 5 years ago October 28, 2016

    I like this, thank you

  2. Hammed 5 years ago October 29, 2016

    More about education tips

    • rightforeducation 5 years ago November 3, 2016

      Dear Hammed! Thank you so much for your comment. We are glad that you are finding our information useful. Be sure to check out our section on Education here. There are many more articles with tips for you to find there! All the best and have fun reading and learning!

  3. wanida yambasu 5 years ago October 29, 2016

    Thak you very much for letting me know

  4. ogah beatrice 5 years ago October 31, 2016

    thanks alot

  5. Nivo ANDRIAMBAO 5 years ago November 1, 2016

    Very interesting

  6. Kyei Baffour Emmanuel 5 years ago November 1, 2016

    This method is very good and I have adopted it in my daily activities in class.

  7. Benjamine 5 years ago November 2, 2016

    Thanks for your advice. I have taken them seriously and I have seen its important for my academic performance!

  8. Tilo 5 years ago November 2, 2016

    I like this!

  9. Bukola 5 years ago November 15, 2016

    How can a slow learner be helped?

  10. Parfait 4 years ago August 13, 2017

    Very educative tnx


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