Lecture Notes Using a Two Column System

Use this system to keep notes that are easily readable, that contain all of the important information, that contain possible questions covered on the exam, and that are consistent in style.

1. Label your notes to identify:

• the title of the topic being discussed.

2. Only use one side of your paper. This will allow you to study your notes easily without having to search on the front and back of each page looking for information.

3. On the main part of your note page, to the right of the margin, record the information you will need to study and to know in an abbreviated form.

• Examples of several standard abbreviations and their definitions include: ch. (chapter) bk (book) e.g. (for example)

hw (homework)

• In addition, you will find you can often abbreviate a word by leaving out many of the vowels (a,e,i,o,u). You will still be able to read the word, e.g. stdy (study) from above.

• Work with various ways of abbreviating words until you develop a system that is easy for you to write and to read.

4. In the margin to the left of the page, you should indicate important names, topics, formulas, dates, questions, and any other references to the recorded information on the right portion of the page—(key words) that will help you find and remember the points covered in the lecture.

• As you begin to use this system, you may find it easiest to leave the left margin blank during class and fill in key words later. After you become familiar with this method, you may record key words and symbols in the left-hand margin while you are taking notes.

• Develop a set of symbols that can also be placed in the left margin to indicate items of importance. For instance, information that you are sure will be on the exam should be indicated, questions that you feel have not been adequately answered should be noted, and areas that require additional study must be labeled. In this way you are not only taking notes but you are making notes to yourself about what is emphasized by the teacher as well as what you need to know more about. Examples of symbols are asterisks, exclamation points, question marks, etc. Always use the symbols you choose in a consistent way.

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