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November 2002 Issue

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Student Study Skills Tips

By Robin York, Chemeketa Community College

Email: yorr@exchange.chemeketa.edu

Smart Lecture Notes

Sometimes an instructor will overpower you with information and ideas during a lecture. You may have been so busy taking notes that you cannot form an overall picture of what the lecture was all about. It is for this reason that I recommend you take a few minutes before you leave the classroom to write a brief summary of the lecture.

The summary only needs to be one or two sentences. Ask yourself as you begin to write, “What was the topic?” “What were the main points that he or she made?” Asking questions encourages your mind to look for answers, thus giving you the core of the lecture.

Keep the summary of each lecture with your lecture notes. These notes will help you remember the most significant points covered in class. Plus, they will give you clues about what to review when studying for tests.


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