Skills for Success: Note Taking Keys

Thorough note-taking during lectures, as you complete reading assignments, and as you conduct research can make a WORLD of difference in your effectiveness as a student. Many times those experiences of feeling stuck, lost in a fog, or caught unprepared, could be avoided by taking thorough notes. Notes are what help you focus on important concepts you are likely to see on a test. Active listening (keeping your antenna raised as you read or listen), an effective method of organizing your notes, and reviewing them often will help you stay on track in your classes. Check out this brochure for some popular and proven note-taking methods!


What Must Happen for Studying to Be Effective? How Can Test Taking Anxiety Be Reduced?

Studying, note taking, and test taking are basic student skills.  Though there may be several methods to study or to take notes for you, the student, to choose from, those methods are ineffective if they are not contributing to long-term retention of information and deeper understanding of concepts. 

These 6 short videos will be "aha!" moments that will help you understand what needs to happen during your study time, how to make your studying most effective, and how to effectively prepare for a test in a way that will also reduce your anxiety!

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