A Guide To Making Notes From Lectures

Dena Bain Taylor


Many students do not take notes during lectures, in the mistaken belief that everything they need to know for exams is on the professor’s handouts (e.g., Powerpoint slides). As a result, these students don’t do as well on course assignments and examinations as they could. That’s because professors use their lectures to provide important information not covered by handouts, and also to relate the content of lectures to the wider objectives and principles of the course. The suggestions in this Guide will help you to develop your critical thinking skills, write better assignments, and write better exams.

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