If you want your notes to be concise and brief, use abbreviations and symbols. Write in bullets and phrases instead of complete sentences. This will help your mind and hand to stay fresh during class and will help you access things easier and quicker after class. It will also help you focus on the main concepts.

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Taking good notes in class is an important part of academic success in college. Actively taking notes during class can help you focus and better understand main concepts. It will improve your active listening.


1. The outline method is the easiest. Select four or five points that are going to be covered in a specific lesson. Under those key points, you write more in-depth sub-points based on what is being discussed on those topics.

2. Developed in the 1950s by Cornell University, this is the most common note taking method around. In fact, the outline method is likely inspired by this method as there are similarities to it. The Cornell Method.

The cue section is the section where you fill out main points, people, potential test questions and more. This section is devoted to helping you recall larger topics and ideas. The cue and the wider column to take actual notes. A summary at the bottom.

3. Mind mapping is a great way to take notes.The use of the map is to serve as a visual aid for how every topic is related to one another. It also allows you to go into detail on particular ideas or topics.

4. The sentence method is when you note down all that’s being said. The problem with this method is that it can be tough to keep up with everything else that’s happening. It is difficult when we handwriting the notes. You can still be brief by covering the main points.

5. Charting notes take the Cornell method and divide a sheet into three columns. Similar to the mind mapping method, this helps you in connecting relationships and facts together between topics.

Source: Notetaking


Note taking forces us to focus and listen in the class. It helps us to concentrate. It helps you learn. Studies on learning have shown that actively engaging with the topic by listening and then summarizing what you hear helps you understand and remember the information later.

Keeps you alert. Notetaking keeps your body active and involved and helps you avoid feelings of drowsiness or distraction. In order to take notes – to write something sensible – you must understand the text. As listening and reading are interactive tasks, taking notes help you make sense of the text.

Without notes, It will be hard to understand the text and we will suffer during exam times.


Taking notes hits the jackpot because it includes the most useless studying method: Highlighting. But I disagree, Highlighting helps us to get back and review the notes. If you see it as a waste of time, you can avoid it. Note taking is never a waste of time.

Hope this helps. Thank you!