Taking clear and well-organised lecture notes is not only important for later revision, but also helps to keep up with the lecture pace. Here are some things that you need to know about lecture notes taking.
1> Straight copy from lecture PPT is pointless: Really, why would you even bother going to lectures if you are just gonna copy stuff from PPT. In University lectures, most lecturers don’t just read stuff he wrote in PPT, instead he talks about stuff that’s elaborated based on the slides. Focus more on what the lecturer says and writes in the lecture 😛
2> Get enough sleep before lecture: A good night sleep will definitely help you concentrate on the lectures (especially during the lectures that you find boring). This is especially important for Biologists as first year Biology students will always have double lectures in the morning starting from 9am. If you just had a 2 or 3 hour sleep after clubbing at ministry the night before the lecture, you might as well sleep in and skip those lectures. You won’t be able to focus on the lectures and coming to lectures ‘half-sober’ is a waste of time. Watch panopto recordings of the lectures instead. 😛
3> Prepare for lectures beforehand: Normally lecture PPT will be uploaded long before actually beginning the lecture. I usually use Microsoft onenotes to take notes and therefore what I like to do before lectures is to copy and paste PPT slides into the onenote page. So that during the lectures, you’d simply writing around or in the PPT slides without having to copy what’s already given in the PPT. (Saves a lot of time) And make sure you read through the PPT slides in order to get a general idea about how this lecture is structured and what you will expect to see in the lecture. 😛
4> Immediately go through the lecture notes afterwards: It is very likely that things you wrote in the lecture notes might get unrecognizable after the lectures whether it’s due to fast-writing or whatever the reason is. Usually 1-2 hour time after the lectures is the ‘golden time’ to re-call the squiggles and doddles you made in the lecture notes and can convert back to normal revision notes! 😛
5> Find your favorite seat in the lecture theater: Sitting somewhere that makes you feeling uncomfortable is not gonna help you to take notes and concentrate on the lectures. Get there a bit early to secure your ‘Sheldon’s spot’ 😛
That’s all from this post. I might do a post on the food I made since I got in UK. And it’s nearly the time when everyone starts looking for next year’s accommodation and hall senior application season. I’ll also do a post about that later this month. 😛