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While you are not taking notes in a traditional lecture, effective note taking will still be very important to your success. Writing helps you retain knowledge – don’t rely on memory alone. Follow these tips for effective note taking:

  • Organize your notes along the order of chapter objectives.
  • Your notes should contain:
    • definitions of new vocabulary words
    • new concepts discussed in a chapter
    • any new procedures that are explained
    • questions you have about the material
  • Review your notes within 24 hours of first studying the material. If you don’t review for 10-15 minutes within 24 hours, you will only retain 20% of what you initially learn.
  • Keeping good notes for each unit or topic will give you a tool you can use to prepare for exams without feeling like you’re “cramming” everything in at the last minute.
  • Review, review, review!