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Resources on lectures & note-taking for courses & classes

General sources for lectures and note-taking

Academic Success-the Curve of Forgetting (SLC Video)
Ever wondered why you can't remember material from previous classes and notes? Watch this short (2:20) Student Learning Commons video to find out why a regular review is SO important, and how you can improve your memory, and your grades. 

Listening & Notetaking in Lectures
Details strategies you can implement before, during and after lectures to learn most effectively.

Reviewing after Lecture

Develop your listening skills  and Active Listening (City College of San Francisco)
Short lists of tips for getting more from your lectures.

No Nonsense Note Taking (Keene State College)
15 note-taking tips.

Video on Note-Taking (Cornell System) and Time Management for Students (lynda.com]

Math Study Skills: Note Taking (Mission College)
Several tips following the model "Listen, Write, Review, Reflect."

Exam Preparation through Lectures and Readings
As you complete the lecture and reading for each topic in a course, go through this checklist to enhance your learning and begin the process of effective exam preparation.

News on the laptops vs. handwriting debate

Research suggests that writing notes by hand in lectures may be superior for student learning than taking notes on laptops.

2013 study reported by CBC showed that grades of laptop users and those sitting near laptop users were lowered due to distraction.

A 2014 study summarized in Science Daily and reported in the Washington Post suggests that, regardless of any distraction, handwriters process lecture material more deeply to be selective in their note-taking and thus learn the material more effectively than laptop users

Listening tools

"Let's Talk" Group
A place to practice listening as well as talking.

SFU's Online Lecture Recordings
Sometimes it's useful to listen to a lecture again to pick up things you missed. This bank of recorded lectures includes about half of SFU's classes!

Note-taking tools

A Guide to University Learning (University of Guelph)
Interactive online university preparatory workshop that, among other things, includes a guided exercise on taking notes from a lecture. 

Note-Taking Systems (California Polytechnic State University)
Describes 5 different note-taking systems.

Concept Mapping (University of Guelph)
A how-to guide to a visual form of note-taking.

How to Create a Mind Map (Forex Trading)
Shows how to create a great variety of mind map formats.