We are located in HT 2,
next to the West Information Desk.
Open 8:00 - 5:00
Mon. through Fri.
Closed during Summer.
Writing Center Director
Lecture notes will add to the information you
have obtained by reading your assignments. It is more difficult to take
lecture notes because you must immediately decide what information is
important to write down. Taking good lecture notes can be improved by
following the suggestions below and by practice.
Be Prepared When You Come to the Lecture
- Acquire some familiarity with material to be
covered by reading assignments carefully.
- If you have an idea of what will be covered
in lecture and know what to expect, you will understand how the parts
of the presentation fit together.
- You will be able to organize your notes
- Come to class a few minutes early so you will
be ready when lecture begins.
- Have pen and pencils with you.
- Use separate section of notebook for each
- Note the date of each lecture.
- Take notes on consecutive pages in your
- Listen to speakerís announcement of subject.
(If you keep this idea in mind, it will help you decide what is
important for you to write down.
- Listen for questions that the speaker raises.
(These questions focus on the most important points the speaker will
- Listen for main points as well as clarifying
or qualifying subpoints.
- Distinguish between facts and ideas.
- Write down facts immediately.
- Listen carefully as speaker develops his
ideas so that you can follow his/her line of thought.
- Summarize point s/he is trying to
make. Very often this will not appear until the end.
As lecture progresses, try to tie ideas
together: from readings and from lecture.
- Listen for signal words which will announce
main points and subpoints. They indicate speakers pattern of
- Classification: dividing the whole into
- Sequence: details given in special order
- Cause and effect; cause is what happened
first; effect is what followed.
- Comparison: pointing out similarities and
Develop a system for taking notes
- Be brief; Don't record everything a speaker
- Write down only information which you
cannot get elsewhere.
- Use the time when speaker illustrates or
discusses her/his main point to fill in what you have not had time
- Write down information that the speaker
emphasizes, such as data written on the blackboard.
- Develop your own system of shorthand.
- Write down mostly main words, such as nouns
- Record information rather than topic.
- Organize your notes; outlining is the best
- Take notes fairly constantly. (A statement
may seem trivial at first but later appears important when tied to
- Don't be afraid to ask questions.
- Review and, if necessary, rewrite your notes
later the same day.