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The most important part of effective note-taking is actually going to class and taking notes! Getting the notes from a friend after missing class is no substitute for being there and taking them yourself.

  • Always include the date and the topic title in your notes.
  • Choose a style that works best for you: outline, paragraph, visual word maps, etc.
  • Don’t get bogged down trying to write every word. Focus on capturing main ideas.
  • Compare your notes with a friend’s to ensure you have the correct information.
  • Study your notes within 24 hours of taking them, when your memory is still fresh.