well and notetaking are good foundations for learning
in any lecture class. A few
students may be able to stick
to these two basic skills and succeed without doing much
else. They are most likely auditory
learners, who have special strengths
when it comes to remembering what they have heard.
Most other students, however, will probably need to add
a step or two to make sure they learn the material covered in
class. Converting the informal
outline technique into a notetaking system requires only a few small changes in
notetaking procedures and some extra time for
1. Adapt your notebook, by
drawing (or imagining) a
margin line 3 inches from the left side of each page. The right hand side will be the note column, the left hand side
becomes the memory margin.
2. Take notes using the
informal outline in the area to the
right of the margin. You will fill
in the memory margin after class.
3. As soon as you can after
class, reread your notes and prepare to fill-in the left hand column.
4. To the left of each block of notes (that is, each
main idea), do one of the following: