- Prevents forgetting
- Encourages concentration
- Records testable material
- Is a note taking and a study system
- Prepare your notepaper
- Create two-column table
- The left hand column should take up about 1/3 and the right hand column should be 2/3 of your writing space
- Summarize and paraphrase
- Restate in your own words the facts and ideas presented
- Record definitions as stated or written
- Indicate changes in topic
- Use headings and leave space between topics
- Number, indent or bullet
- Key ideas presented with each topic
- Brief sentences, abbreviations and symbols
- Increase your note taking speed
- Write legibly
- Make sense to you later
- Edit as soon as possible
- Formulate test questions based on the information recorded in notes
- Write them in the recall clues column on the left-hand side of notes
- Explain the information in the notes out loud
- Information should be triggered by the test questions in the recall clues column
- Improves learning
- Ensures understanding
- Facilitates retrieval
- Cover up
- Use recall cluse
- Check your answers
- Think about the information you are learning
- Look for connections with your own experiences and observations
- Ask questions
- How do the main ideas fit together into a bigger picture?
- How do these ideas fit in with what you have already learned?
- What do you agree with?
- What do you disagree with?
- Which ideas are clear?
- Which ideas are confusing?
- What new questions do you have?
- Write a summary of the main ideas using your own words
- Use the bottom summary section to write a summary of all the notes on the last page of your note sheets
- Review nightly or several times during the week by reciting, not rereading
- Frequent, brief sessions aid more complete comprehension