Evaluate your present note-taking skills by putting a check mark beside each of the note-taking hints you already practice. Then put a check mark beside those steps that you plan to practice. Leave a space blank if you do not plan to follow a particular strategy.

Now Do

Plan to Do

________ ________ 1. Take notes on classroom work.
________ ________ 2. Sit where the instructor will see you
________ ________ 3. In advance read textbook material about the topic to be presented in class.
4. Record notes as follows:
________ ________    a .Use full-sized 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper.
________ ________    b. Use a notebook divided into parts.
________ ________    c. Date each day's notes.
________ ________    d. Take notes on one side of the page only.
________ ________    e. Write legibly.
________ ________    f. Abbreviate common words and recurring terms.
________ ________    g. Indicate assignments and exams.
________ ________ 5. Write notes in outline form, use Cornell Method, or develop a map.
________ ________ 6. Watch for signals of importance.
________ ________ 7. Write down examples.
________ ________ 8. Write down connecting details and explanations.
9. Do as follows when material is missed:
________ ________    a. Leave space for notes missed.
________ ________    b. Try to get the broad sweep of ideas when you fall behind.
________ ________ 10. Question the instructor when an idea isn't clear.
________ ________ 11. Do not stop taking notes during discussion periods.
________ ________ 12. Do not stop taking notes toward the end of a class.
________ ________ 13. Go over your notes soon after class