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Tips on taking notes?

  • Thread starter CrzyMunky
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Try not to copy everything. You'll generally miss a lot of what is being said. Try to read the textbook before the lecture and only try to copy what is new.
This.

Note how there's lots of people saying 'important = in book' - but what happens when the instructor strays from the book a little bit? How would you know if you didn't read before hand?

In general: math/physics lecture shouldn't really contain any suprises. Suprises are what you should write down. Being prepared for class will help you prioritize your note-taking.
 
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A better strategy:

1. Read chapter before going to class (skim it if you're short on time)

2. Listen in class, match discussion with book.

3. Things not in the book write down.

4. Use the live scribe or audio recorder to capture the lecture in case you need to listen to it later.

5. Do homework, note things you don't understand in your notes.

6. Review your notes of the past few classes, sleep and repeat step 1.

End program

Insert other steps as necessary.

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My abstract algebra II professor (Galois theory) gave us writer's cramp. During the course of the semester, I filled 2 300 page notebooks. This was not a problem as I learned a lot from the prof. However, you would be penalized if you missed even one class. I say, write everything down, especially in a physics or math class.
 

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