Taking notes helps you actively engage with the materials in your courses. Here are some visuals to help you get started.
Evidence of effective notes
3-step strategy for taking effective notes
This is an effective approach to help you focus and understand what you are reading; paragraph by paragraph or slide by slide.
SQ4R Method improves your ability to understand, concentrate and retain what you read and take notes effectively
- SCAN (Survey) – quickly read or look through the text to get a sense of what it is about. Look out for key terms or concepts
- QUESTION– Try making questions for headings, subheadings or key concepts. This makes for a more active reading process
- READ & RECORD each section by focusing on main points and changing them into your own words in bulleted or short form
- RECITE – Cover the text and see if you can answer the questions to the headings you created earlier. This checks for understanding before moving on
- REVIEW – If time permits and after a break, review your notes before class of course. This checks your understanding of the text and improves your memory