1. Taking notes on lecture ppt slides
If the slides for a lecture are available beforehand (eg posted on your course Blackboard site), you can print the slides in a format that suits your note taking purposes. There are options in Power Point to print multiple slides on a page, from one slide per page to nine. Three slides per page will make it easy to write notes next to each slide as you follow the lecture.
Sometimes the lecturer will put their own notes into the notes section of the Power Point slides. You can print these out via the 'notes' printing option. You can also write your own notes into the notes section, either on the printed page, or electronically if you are using a lap top or tablet to take notes.
Or try this idea if you have a lot of slides to manage.
2. Cornell Method of Note taking
This is a widely used method of taking notes. Before the lecture divide your page into four sections. You may like to prepare a number of pages in a note book, or use this template on every second page of a note book leaving space to write additional notes after the lecture.
Layout of Cornell Note taking template
Lecture Details: Course Date Topic
Write your lecture notes here:-
Record your own thoughts and questions
After the lecture review your notes and write a short summary in your own words.
3. Mind Maps
Mind mapping is a useful technique to use when you want to organise ideas and information as you follow the lecture. It can help you develop your own understanding of topics, as it allows you to explore the relationships between ideas, and begin to critically analyse the information presented in the lecture
As with all note taking methods, reviewing your notes immediately following the lecture will make revision for exams and quizzes more efficient.