Note Taking: How To Take Notes From Textbooks, Lecture Note And Others

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As a university student, it may be difficult for some of us to take notes, particularly in highly subjective courses such as Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, and many others, because the lecturer or professor must cover a large area of the course in a few weeks.

What Is Note Taken?


Note-taking is defined as the ability to highlight key points from a reliable source, such as a textbook, lecture classes, lengthy text, and so on, into a different paper for better understanding.

Why Do We Have To Take Notes?


Taking notes is not a big deal for most students, though reading a lengthy note may be tedious for some. Here are a few reasons why we need to take notes: 


  • To gain a better understanding of what we are reading. 

  • To make our study section more manageable when it comes to exams. 

  • It allows us to focus on the subject at hand. 

  • Enlighten us on where we should concentrate our efforts. 

  • It enables us to see beyond what the textbook, professor, lecture, or lengthy text is attempting to convey.


However, for university or college students, there are more advantages than disadvantages to taking notes after a lecture, for study, and a variety of other reasons. It will not only help you pass an exam with good grades, but it will also help you understand the course. 


Here's my take on this note-taking strategy: 


I recall when I was a freshman at university and couldn't figure out how to answer questions for highly subjective courses because I am studying sociology. There are so many texts to read and comprehend that I don't know where to begin, but the idea of retaking my notes in the lecture hall struck me.


I research everything that is being taught, highlight the key points, and write it down to the best of my ability. This greatly assists me in passing my exams. 


Some of my colleagues try to discourage me, but after seeing the results, they start taking notes.  

How To Take Notes In College?


There is a lengthy text, or your professor has taught you something that you don't understand and need to research further. These are the five simple steps for taking notes in college or university.

Listen Carefully To Lectures Going On.


There are numerous reasons why you should begin attentively and listen carefully during lectures. This is because, in most cases, professors will make important points during lectures and expect you to have taken notes on those points. Paying close attention to lectures will help you understand the note

you're about to make it. 


It is important to note that you should not attend lectures simply because you are required to do so. You are there to learn.

Know What You Want To Read For.


The second step in taking notes is to understand why you are reading. Knowing what kind of assessment you're reading for will help you understand how to adjust your protocol accordingly. 


Knowing what you're reading can help you remember the specific information in the textbook, lecture classes, and much more. For example, if you're reading a lengthy text like history and culture for exams or presentations, you'll need facts and details about the bolded terms and definitions.

Read All Through And Research About What You Want To Read.


Some facts in most textbooks are not detailed or well explained, possibly requiring additional research into such facts. For example, if you want to know the definition of something, there will be a need for you to know more about those things, but you should be aware that there are some key points that should not be removed even if you have a few more definitions on your term.

 Highlights And Jot Down The Main Key Points.


It is critical to jot down and highlight key points about what you are reading for as you read through the textbook and other resources, chapter by chapter.

Rearrange And Formulate Your Note.


When you've finished reading your textbooks, researching, and jotting down your keywords, make sure to organize them as follows: 


Heading/Introduction 

The body and the conclusion. 


All of these should be included in your note for each topic. Furthermore, even though they(your colleagues) are writing from your understanding of the course, your note is only your note. 


Finally, taking notes for subjective courses necessitates paying attention to the keywords and not missing any.

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