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How to Take Great Notes in Class or from a Textbook

Take great notes.

Taking notes during a college lecture or while completing your textbook readings is a critical part of being a good student. Not only does taking great notes benefit you by helping you get better grades in college, on Luvo taking great notes can really get you paid. Luvo empowers sellers to set their own price to earn the compensation their expertise and experience should command.

Like anything else, taking great notes takes practice and discipline throughout the semester. Your notes will be the backbone from which you study for exams and prepare your papers. Making sure you’ve done the work of taking great notes throughout the semester will come in very handy at the end of the semester.

Check out our quick tips for taking notes during a lecture and during your textbook readings.

Here Are a Few Tips on How to Take Great Notes During Your Professor’s Lectures



Master it. We’re not talking about old school shorthand like what they use in episodes of Mad Men. Learning to abbreviate words and phrases during a lecture is key and can save a ton of time. Remember, your notes will be used later to compile a more comprehensive study guide where you can elaborate and provide more detail. Abbreviating will help you keep up with what the professor is saying while taking notes.



Utilize them during a lecture. Your professor may have major key points that are already noted on your handouts, therefore you can save time by not having to write them down. You can also use your handouts as a cheat sheet on how to format your notes into an outline.


Type Your Notes

It’s likely that you can type faster than you write. Not only will typing your notes out help keep you organized throughout the semester, it will also allow you to immediately upload those notes on Luvo before you even leave your seat.


Don’t Write Down Everything the Professor Says

If you try to write down every single thing your professor mentions during a lecture, you’ll never be able to keep up. Pull out the key points of what your professor says. Listen to what the professor says and then write a summation of that within your notes.


Use the “Question. Answer. Evidence” Method

What will be on your test? More than likely it will be questions for you to answer right? So why not format your notes in the same way? When your professor is reviewing a key concept. Stop, turn around what he/she just said into a question, and then write the answer right under it. As a separate bullet point pull out the information you need to support your answer. For example, if the professor is talking about the central theme of Romeo and Juliet, you would write down: “What is the central theme of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet?”, then write down what your professor said that it was, and why he/she said that this was the central theme. This method allows you to form obvious sample questions for your study guide.

Here Are Our Tips on How to Take Great Notes from Your Textbook

Readings can be pretty daunting, first you’re expected to read large amounts of text and second after you read it you need to retain that information. A great way to do that is to make sure you take notes during your reading you can refer back to later.


Focus on Bolded Words or Topics

The publisher of the book didn’t take the time to make that text bold just because they felt like it, they did it to note that this is a key concept in the reading. You need to make sure you’re pulling out those key concepts in your notes so when you’re studying from them later you’re covering the most important material.


Pay Attention to Diagrams and Charts that Help Summarize the Information

Seeing a concept depicted in a graphical format can be really helpful. Repeating that diagram or chart in your notes can be really helpful later. Redraw the diagram or chart in your own notes.


Pay Attention to Chapter Summaries

Many textbook publishers include summaries and questions at the end of each chapter. Make note of these sections in your notes. They serve as excellent reminders of the key points of each section and what you need to take away from your reading.


Leave Room in Your Textbook Notes for Notes You’ll Take During Lecture

If there are key concepts you know your professor will cover within the lecture then leave a large amount of white space in your textbook notes. Having the information from your textbook and your professor in one place will come in really handy when it’s time to study for your test.


Circle, Star or Underline Key Concepts to Help Provide Emphasis

Sometimes if you stare at your notes for too long they can all become one big blur. Keep your notes organized in an outline format and find a way to make the key focus areas jump off the page.