Sunday, March 14, 2010

meeting notes

Plan, Part I
Our last meeting was my personal favorite. We analyzed critically and objectively the common notion of “note-taking” and “studying.” As a group we came to the conclusion that good note-taking is really building a test review hour by hour, lecture by lecture. You also should be learning the material the first time around so when it is time to study for the test you aren’t LEARNING the material but, rather, REVIEWING it. So, we developed a structure for going about taking effective notes for technical and non-technical classes.


A concern that arose about note-taking is that your personal interest in the class or topic heavily affects the effectiveness of note-taking. So, what are some things that you can do to overcome this?
Magic T zone - studies have shown that a student who sits in the front three rows or the middle three columns will have a entire full letter grade better than the other students. Sitting in the magic t zone may improve both your interest and note-taking for the class
Professor Student Relations - this will force you to pay more attention and a bigger desire to excel in the class. It was also noted that if you have a relation with your professor and you voice your concerns to him/her one-on-one, he/she will be more likely to adjust his lecture just for you!
Fake it until you make it - another comment made to battle the interest is to hype up the students around you before the lecture begins. For some reason making the people around you more excited for the lecture will make you more excited and interested.
Lastly, one question that has come to my mind since our meeting is how do you adjust note-taking for pre-lecture reading notes or post-lecture reading? Post your answers in the comments below.


  1. These posts have been great. I particularly enjoyed the sample notes.

    What I'm excited to hear about is the outcome of these experiments? Where are they working? Where have they gone awry?

    - Cal

  2. What do you think about joining the Putnam competition?
    Of course, what I really mean is: I have the option of putting serious dedication to the competition or doing something else.
    The problem is, what do you college students do in your free time?
    I want to be challenged and master my field (Physics)
    What should I do as an undergraduate?
    (I am an incoming freshman)