Academic Skills

How to make notes

You need to be selective and not try to write down every word the lecturer says as a lecture is not an exercise in dictation. See your notes as an extension of focussed listening and an aid to concentration.

Try to review your notes as soon as possible after the lecture, either alone or with another student. Make sure you understand what you’ve written; you won’t remember what you don’t understand. Any gaps in your notes can be filled at the relevant seminar. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Students who review notes immediately after a lecture are four times as likely to remember them. Notes made from your reading need to include bibliographic details, page numbers etc, so you can use them when writing assignments.

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