If you’re studying English in a classroom you’re going to have to make notes. They’re useful ways of helping you to remember things and review what you’ve learnt – so it’s important to do it right.
Watch this video to find out five top tips to help you with your note taking. Then test your understanding in our quiz here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/english-you-need/unit-25/session-1
If you’re studying English in a classroom you’re going to have to make notes. They’re useful ways of helping you to remember things and review what you’ve learnt – so it’s important to do it right. Here’s our top tips about taking notes.
Start making notes for every lecture on a new page and date and number each page too. That way it’s easier to look back at them later and find what you want.
There’s a lot to remember in a lesson so note taking is crucial but don’t write everything down. Write down the important bits – your teacher may suggest parts of the lesson that need noting – but don’t rely on this.
And write down things in your own words – unless it’s a direct quote, then be accurate. Make sure you understand what you have written and that you’re making notes of the important bits.
Use words, abbreviations, symbols or even pictures to summarise what your teacher says. If you miss something, leave a gap in your notes, and get the information from them later.
After the lesson, use your notes. Remember to read through them after the lecture. You could also rewrite or expand them too. And discuss them with another student. This will help you remember the content better.
Note taking is an important and useful way to help you remember and revise what you’ve learnt. Getting this right will make your learning journey easier. Good luck!