Thursday, September 5, 2013

Advice- College Note Taking

Day One: Blogtember
Day Two: What If..

Day Three: Pass on some useful Advice.

My Advice today is on College Note taking:

This is the second week of sophomore year of college for me.  In the past two weeks, I have already taken a large amount of notes.  I'd imagine all of you have done the same, if not recently then definitely at some point in your life.  Well, in case you didn't know I am an organization freak!  Needless to say my notes are pretty organize, and yes they are color coordinated too.

I take notes both in class and while I do my outside reading (depending on the class).  However, my approach to them is about the same.

In Class Notes:
This is what my in class notes look like.

  • Avoid using laptops, they provide you with unnecessary distractions.
  • The key to good note-taking is paying attention!
  • Use at least 2 different colored pens or pencils- I like paper mate marker pens and plain black pens.
  • Highlighters! Use them, they are really helpful!
  • Color Coordinating- I color coordinate headings, sub headings, equations, examples, and key terms. This really helps with the organization of your notes.
  • Make your notes attractive. The more attractive they are the more likely you are to look at them again.  I know this sounds really silly, but believe me it is true! (This is where colored pens and highlighters come into play)
  • If there are PowerPoints online: print them out and read them prior to class.  This will help you follow along with the lecture much easier.  With power points, I tend to take notes on the handouts in class, and then I rewrite them in my own words after class.  This provides as a nice built in review too. 
  • Use Post It notes: I use these when I have questions or to draw my attention to important things that the professor hints at, will most likely be on the exams.
  • Lined paper is perfect for classes where outlining is needed, but don't be afraid to use blank paper too this allows you to make your notes the way you want them to be, visually.
  • Date things: I always put the date at the top of my paper and if handouts are ever given in class, date them too.  This helps when you go back through everything when exam time comes.

These are my reading notes for Science.

I hope this helps some of you!


  1. Wow we are so different when it comes to note taking! Now that I'm in med school my notes are very power point based so I study almost 100% on my laptop/iPad.

    I love looking at pretty colorful notes, but I just don't have the time to write everything out!

    Your notes are pretty haha. I think it's cuz I love the colors and handwriting :)

    AJ | TheAJMinute

  2. totally agree with you about laptops! I always did better in classes where I couldn't use one to take notes!

  3. Great note taking tips, I actually did some of the same things when I took notes for school! And as silly as it sounds, having pretty notes definitely makes it easier to study!


  4. Different colored highlighters definitely got me through undergrad. Also note cards, they were a lifesaver come finals time.

  5. Yay! Another college sophomore! I get really excited when I find people my age in the blog world (:
    This tips are so amazing! I've completely sworn off taking notes on my laptop this year because I had to many incidents of playing solitaire in class and then being screwed for the final

  6. I always liked printing out power points in advance (if available) and taking notes (I think there's a way to print them with notes across from each slide).

    I color coordinate too