How to take lecture notes in college

Note taking is one of the most important skills you will develop and perfect throughout your undergraduate career (and beyond). The Busy Lifestylist, a lifestyle blog for success-obsessed 20somethings, presents advice on how to take A+ lecture notes in college.

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  1. You'll appreciate having great notes when it comes crunch time for midterms and final exams.
  2. Esos viernes en los que anexionas la biblioteca a tus dominios #estabayosola #ahorayasomosmas #studyinspo #studyblr #studygram #yavuelvoaello
    Esos viernes en los que anexionas la biblioteca a tus dominios #estabayosola #ahorayasomosmas #studyinspo #studyblr #studygram #yavuelvoaello
  3. Pen and paper? Or laptop and keyboard?

  4. I’m a big proponent for hand-written notes in class. I'm a big supporter of handwriting, in general.
  5. I really like my handwriting idk #handwriting #handwritten #notes #school #college
    I really like my handwriting idk #handwriting #handwritten #notes #school #college
  6. I usually have my laptop and/or iPad handy if I need it, but taking notes the old school way helps me eliminate any possible distractions from my computer. With so many websites to browse, homework from other courses to work on, games to play... it's easy to lose track of what the professor in front of you is teaching.
  7. While I personally favor writing notes by hand, there are benefits of electronic notes — including syncing content to multiple devices, and simply being a faster method of writing down lecture material.
  8. Productivity tip. If your day starts at 9. Make sure you're there at 8. The extra hour will help you revise&prepare for the day. You'll get a lot more done!
    Productivity tip. If your day starts at 9. Make sure you're there at 8. The extra hour will help you revise&prepare for the day. You'll get a lot more done!
  9. It's exam time friends! Get ready to study hard! #tumblr #tumblrgirl #vogue #study #studyblr #studygoals #goals #exams
    It's exam time friends! Get ready to study hard! #tumblr #tumblrgirl #vogue #study #studyblr #studygoals #goals #exams
  10. Some instructors sprint through their lecture slides, and it’s almost impossible to jot everything down by hand. In those cases, typing up your notes on a laptop is necessary (unless the instructor allows audio recording during lectures).
  11. Still, laptops should be banned in large college lectures. They distract me even when I'm not using my own laptop.
  12. Business people sitting in lecture hall with laptop
    Business people sitting in lecture hall with laptop
  13. Organizing notes: the Cornell note taking method

  14. The Cornell note taking system was introduced to me my sophomore year of undergrad, when one of my professors actually forced us to use this method during lecture. It's a super easy way to organize your thoughts and information as you write them in class, which ultimately makes it easier to navigate when you look back at your notes to study.
  15. Trouble getting the lecture information down in class? Here's a visual guide to the Cornell Note-Taking...
  16. This system puts headlines and main ideas in one column (left), and corresponding notes and information into the right-hand column.
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