Getting the most out of lectures

1 - Be prepared

  • Read/download lecture slides or notes.
  • Do any required reading.

2 - Keep notes brief

  • Use key words to summarise main points.
  • Consider recording audio (add index marks at important points).
  • Try mind maps or Cornell method.
  • Use abbreviations and symbols.

3 - Review

  • Read over notes to check they make sense.
  • Fill in any gaps – by extra reading, looking online, asking a friend, listening to the recording etc.
  • Label key sections.

4 - Organise

  • Link related slides, notes and recordings together (in folders or with hyperlinks).
  • You will need your notes to revise for exams and/or for developing essays and other writing.

Lectures

  • Link to Lifehack article
  • Cogi

    Cogi keeps the last few moments of audio buffered. When someone says something interesting, just tap the highlight button and Cogi backs up to capture and save what was just said. Then tap again to stop it recording. Saves you having to listen to long recordings. iOS and Android.

  • Cornell Notes

    Cornell Notes - Fillable Fields

    Free, downloadable Cornell Notes template - this pdf file can be edited so you can type in notes.

  • Link to DeeperWeb tutorial

    DeeperWeb

    A Google tool which allows you to refine your search results using tag clouds.

  • Link to Easy Voice Recorder

    Easy Voice Recorder

    Recording app for Android which allows you to record and transfer audio files to your computer.

  • Evernote

    Organise notes into notebooks. Add images, sketches, lists and webclips. Access anywhere. Available across a range of platforms.

  • Image of Google Keep on a laptop and phone

    Google Keep

    Cross platform tool for capturing and sharing notes, lists, images and audio clips.

  • How to take notes in Class: 5 Best Methods

    YouTube Video explaining five different methods for taking notes in lectures (but can also apply to notes from reading).

  • Link to Notability.

    Notability

    Use Notability to take and organise notes. Can sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, mark-up photos, record lectures, record audio, add images and webclips. Note - has a cost (under £10). Detailed guide here.

  • Link to OneNote page

    OneNote

    Create notebooks, with multiple sections and multiple pages. Share and collaborate with others. Cross platform and mainly free. Click here to find out how it compares to Evernote.

  • Link to library catalogue for Study Skills Handbook

    Study Skills Handbook

    The 'go-to' study skills book for new students with (or without) dyslexia.

  • Link to Voice Record Pro

    Voice Record Pro

    Recording app for iOS which allows you to export, import, rename and edit audio clips.