Think about how you take notes during class. Do you use a specific system? Do you feel that system is working for you? What could be improved? How might taking notes during a lecture, section, or seminar be different online versus in the classroom?
Adjust how you take notes during synchronous vs. asynchronous learning (slightly).
First, let’s distinguish between synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Synchronous classes are live with the instructor and students together, and asynchronous instruction is material recorded by the professor for viewing by students at another time. Sometimes asynchronous instruction may include a recording of a live Zoom session with the instructor and students.
With this distinction in mind, here are some tips on how to take notes during both types of instruction:
Taking notes during live classes (synchronous instruction).
Taking notes when watching recorded classes (asynchronous instruction).
Check in with yourself.
If available, annotate lecture slides during lecture.
Consider writing notes by hand.
Review your notes.
Write down questions.
Below are some common and effective note-taking techniques: