Whatever your system, we've boiled down typical college note taking into 4 different types. Come and see where you stand, and learn a little more about why it's important to find a good balance with your notes.
When the lecture starts, you spring into action.
Scribbling or typing - you're busy with it as long as the professor is talking. This is about creating a record for you to come back to. Who knows what might be important later in the semester?
You might get quicker and capture more with practice, but you'll never be able to get it all.
Studies have shown that lectures are delivered at a rate of 120-180 words per minute, while average typing speeds only reach 33 words per minute.
That's still a big gap.
While you're busy scribbling away, you could be missing out on engaging with the moment, too.
Truth is, you're caught on one side of the Note Taker's Dilemma...
You're not much of a note taker, are you? Your approach doesn't go much further than doodling.
Maybe you just never got the hang of it. Maybe you have a great memory, and feel like you don't need to note too much down.
Either way, your technique needs a bit of work.
Note taking helps encode information. Even if you don't review the notes later, taking them will help you remember key points.
And we think we can help you get started.