Good notes are effective notes. Making notes is an important aspect of studying at university.
- highlight key points
- identify relevant supporting details such as examples, explanations, diagrams and other material
- separate key points from supporting details.
Thus your note-making strategies should be designed to help you remember key points and relevant details.
The sorts of notes that you will take will vary according to whether you are:
- attending lectures
- participating in tutorials
- working in science laboratory practicals.
In almost all cases, what you get out of a lecture, tutorial, classroom or laboratory practical will depend on what you put into it. This means that you have to be an active learner.
To be an active learner you will need to develop effective listening skills so that you will be able to know what to note.