Lecture review using a digital recording by simply listening is one method of review. Tying the audio with self-generated notes gives more reinforcement.
Generally there are two types of note-taking – Linear and Visual. There will be further posts about these as well as using technology vs. hand-writing to generate your notes.
Some guidelines summarized from Writing@CSU
- Review your notes from the previous class.
- Keep up with your reading/homework so you’re not lost when class starts
- Prepare questions for the teacher based on your reading/homework/previous class notes.
During the Lecture
- Write on one side of the paper. (Use the back for sketching graphs/charts/pictures/timelines, writing questions, summarizing, making notes to yourself later.)
- Don’t worry about creating elaborate outlines–just keep main ideas and examples together.
- Don’t worry about spelling or handwriting (as long as you can read it).
After the Lecture
- Instead of recopying your notes, review them within 24 hours. (Short-term memory deteriorates quickly, and you lose 50%-80% of the material if you don’t review.)
- Annotate your notes. (Mark what’s important, add page numbers from textbook, etc.)