Printable lecture notes checklist
This list can be used as a systematic means to get you into the routine of good note-taking habits.
BEFORE THE LECTURE
- Check syllabus for the topic of the lecture, and read and/or outline the corresponding chapter in the text.
- Review previous text and lecture notes
- When you get to class, choose a seat close to the front
DURING THE LECTURE
- Copy what is on the board
- Correctly record dates, names, etc.
- Be alert for behavioral and verbal clues
- Avoid being late or packing up early; the lecturer may give an introduction and/or summary
- Keep notes readable (don’t crowd, use only one side, leave room at left for questions, topics, additional info.)
- Organize notes in an outline form with distinguishing topics as well as labeling each page with name, date, class, topic
- Be brief; write the key words and use abbreviations. Don’t copy the lecture verbatim!
AFTER THE LECTURE
- Check the lecture against the outline of the corresponding text chapter; if some material wasn’t covered find out why.
- Coordinate text and lecture notes; identify similar topics, eliminate duplicate material.
- Circle assignments, references given during the lecture
- Review notes as soon as possible
- Ask questions
- Clarify notes by writing summaries
- Take the text/lecture note-taking checklist to your instructor.