College Success Tip #2
What is note taking?
Note taking involves recording ideas and facts that
you learn in class to help you remember and use them later. The five
Rís of note taking are as follows: Record, Reduce, Recite, Reflect, and
Review. Each term is defined at the
Dartmouth Academic Skills Center page.
Why is note taking important?
- You become an active part of the listening and
- You create a history of your course content.
- You have a written record to view or study
- You reinforce what is communicated verbally.
Examples of note taking methods
Preparing to Listen Effectively
A. Read assignments before class
B. Bring appropriate materials
C. Pay attention
Possible Listening Barriers
1. Distracting thoughts
Write questions in this area
Take notes in this area
Summarize your notes here as you review
Tips for taking notes
- Sit front and center in class.
- Use only one side of a piece of paper.
- Label, number, and date all notes.
- Review your notes.
- Ask questions during or after instruction.
- Participate in class discussions and
Internal links for note taking
The Tutoring, Learning, and Computing Lab (TLC) on
campus provides useful workshops on note taking:
External links for note taking
The Community College Experience by Amy Baldwin (Pearson/Prentice
Cornerstone: Building on Your Best, 4th Ed., by
Robert M. Sherfield, Rhonda J. Montgomery, and Patricia G. Moody
(Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005).
Becoming a Master Student, 10th Ed., by Dave
Ellis (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003).
Study Guides and Strategies,
Dartmouthís Academic Skills Center, http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/index.html.