Working in class is a section of this website dedicated to developing good habits in the classroom. Note taking and building relationships with classmates and professors will all eventually be covered. See the general tips below and more articles and videos at the bottom of the page. If something works for you and isn't listed on this page, send us a suggestion .
General Note Taking Tips
Note taking is among the most important skills a college student can possess. Everyone will develop a system that works for them, but is your system truly effective? If you feel as though your notes are lacking, explore the links below to see examples of other systems and improve your own. Change your system to work best for you in lectures, when you are reading text books, and in meetings for class.
Everyone's notes will look different; however, there are some basic underlying principles to good note taking.
Why take notes?
What are signs of good notes?
The 5 R's of Note Taking:
Articles and Books
Cornell Note Taking System - A classic and effective system for note taking. This also discusses the 5 R's further.
Note Taking Time Savers and Hints - More tips and tricks on note taking. Dispels many myths about "effective note taking." Streamlines note taking into an efficient process.
Source: A Special thanks to Dartmouth College's Academic Skills center - http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/notes.html
Videos and Podcasts
How to Use OneNote 2007 - Many versions of Microsoft Office now include OneNote. If you would rather take notes on your computer than on paper, learning OneNote can help you get organized.