Note-Taking Services

For those who need records of course lectures, a cassette tape recorder and 60 minute cassette tapes can be borrowed from SDRC on a semester-by-semester basis. Personal note-takers can also be arranged and the SDRC can provide NCR note-taking paper upon request. It is your responsibility to select an individual you believe is qualified to record notes for an individual course.

Note-Taking Tips

The following note-taking tips were developed by the HSU Learning Center

Suggestions for Taking Good Notes:

  • Take notes on one side of the page only
  • Leave margins on all sides sufficient for additions, references or notations
  • Identify and record all main or principle points. This will be the "meat" of the teacher's lecture and will tie all the other points together.
  • Record all secondary principle points. These are what will explain, illustrate, and/or support the main points through examples. All names, dates, formulas, numbers, technical terms, and concepts should be recorded.
  • Write in sufficient detail so that the notes have meaning without additional explanation. Include, as much as possible, the definitions of words, phrases and concepts. Record all class discussions including questions that are related to the subject.
  • Listen for key words and phrases. Underline, star, box, etc., concepts and words that by voice inflection seem to have importance. Note unfamiliar words so they can be verified later.
  • Skip lines to show separation of ideas.
  • Copy everything on the board.
  • Record all assignments, references and special notices accurately and in detail. Record due dates, room numbers, addresses, numbers of pages, book titles, etc.
  • Distinguish between opinion and fact.
  • When questions are asked, note question and answer.

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