Note-taking skills are invaluable in the classroom, whether at a traditional or virtual school. Taking notes effectively helps students sift through a large amount of information, determine what is important, and organize it into clear and easy-to-review chunks. Effective note taking helps students focus on what they are learning, helps them remember what they have read, and assists them in successfully studying for exams. A student who takes notes becomes actively involved in his or her learning, rather than passively reading or listening and hoping that somehow he or she will absorb or retain the information.
So, what exactly are the best note-taking techniques? How do you convince your student that taking notes is important? Find the answers below.
Why Taking Notes Is Important
Taking notes essentially helps students understand and study the main ideas. It also:
- Gives students the chance to practice their listening skills during LiveLesson® sessions or while watching videos
- Teaches students how to multitask by listening, thinking, and writing
- Boosts comprehension since students are absorbing information through multiple methods
- Develops students’ organization techniques
- Helps students learn faster
- Teaches students to identify main ideas and summarize information
If you think back to your school days, you may remember that your note taking looked different than your classmates’. Note taking becomes very personal: not everyone will understand your student’s notes, but as long as he or she does, that’s okay. Here are some tips to guide your student to develop effective note-taking skills.
How to Take Notes