Due to the amount of time I have spent writing notes in class, my hand automatically curls into a pen-holding position every time I see a writing utensil. Taking notes is not as easy as it sounds. Professors talk fast, add examples that you forget by the time they finish the sentence, and before you know it, you’ve missed half the lesson as you try to remember the term the prof used.
So how does one deal with this?
One option is to record the lecture. Remember that you need express written permission from the prof to be able to do this. However, playing back lectures takes up much more time than reading notes does. And we all know how precious time is.
Another option consists of making your own notes based on the textbook, and adding things to it. This can be very effective…unless you zone out because you think you have everything you need and this class is boring and all you want to do is nap….
Clap, clap, wake up folks. We have issues at hand here.
My favourite option is making my own notes, and then just writing down anything that I find interesting or noteworthy. I look out for key words like “test” and “you might want to write this down”.
It can be daunting, especially when you consider the amount of information we cover in a short time. But you’re here for only one reason – to learn. And as Aristotle said, “Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain.”