How To Take Better Notes In Class Every Student Should Know

Taking notes in class is VERY important. It’s thanks to your notes that you’ll be able to study and ace any test that comes in your way! However, not everybody knows how to properly take notes. If you are one of them then this article will help you a lot.


Attach An Image To Each Concept

I really cannot stress how important this is! Definitions are boring. Words on a page are meaningless. And you will never remember what was covered in class if you leave with a notebook full of generic definitions. If your professor gives you an example/story, write it down, draw a picture, create a little graphic. Whatever you can do to attach that new concept with something that you already know/understand… this will help you remember the concept and see how it applies to real-life events.


Write Constantly

From the time the professor starts talking to the time he/she stops, I am writing and you should do the same. It doesn’t matter if I already know the information. Writing keeps my brain from wandering off for a half hour (which is pretty common).

Rephrase Information As You Write

It all comes down to this: when you get information and you write it down word-by-word, your brain is not really engaged. However, if you read notes from a PowerPoint slide, rephrase them into your own words, and write down your words (instead of the teacher’s), you are evaluating the information and then creating something of your own! This way, you are more likely to understand your notes in the future!

Let Go Of Perfectionism

When I just a baby freshman/sophomore, my goal was to leave class with perfectly color-coded, outlines, fabulous-looking notes. In real life? Not gonna happen. Professors get distracted, they go off topic, they skip slides. Save yourself a meltdown (or 12) and just use one writing utensil (preferably, a pencil) IN class. You can convert your sloppy notes into a colorful, organized, pretty outline after class! (Source:

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