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Attend all classes. It will enhance the chance you will get a passing grade.
Read all of the assigned material before class. You will better understand the lecture.
Learn the terminology used in the textbook.
Sit near the front of the classroom to help you avoid distractions like windows, doorways and other classmates.
Be prepared with the necessary supplies. Pens, paper and a divided notebook to keep notes organized.
Don’t try to write down everything the instructor says, choose only the important topics or ideas.
Put ideas into your own words.
Organize notes into some type of logical form.
Be sure your notes are legible so that when you review them you understand what you have written down.
Use abbreviations. There are many standard abbreviations but you may also come up with you own.
Try leaving space between concepts or ideas to help make them stand out or give you room to add more information when you review your notes.
Don’t be too concerned with spelling or grammar, just be certain you will be able to read your notes at a later time.
Be sure to put a page number on your notes especially if you are using loose leaf paper.
Try not to doodle or play with your pens, it will break your concentration.
Use color coding to distinguish different types of information and to organize notes.
Make sure you mark important information that the instructor says with an asterisk, arrow, etc.
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