Q&ACategory: General QuestionsHow to take notes when you are listening to a lecture?
Ryan Asked 3 years

e.g. the TOEFL listening section.

PaulPaul Staff replied 3 years ago

I have a strategy that combines the replies of both Dephne and Bishop. I use my laptop during lectures and write down only ‘bullet points.’For example, if the speaker says, “The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. John Hancock was the first person to sign the document; his signature was also the largest.”I already know when the Declaration of Independence was signed, and I know John Hancock wrote his name larger than everyone else. However, I did not know that John Hancock was the FIRST person to sign the document. To be sure I retained this new information, I would write:”*Hancock- first to sign.”Notice I left out the other two pieces of information. I only wrote down what I needed, and I did not use a complete sentence.

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dephne answered 3 years

Recording something that is valuable to you.

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