The Office of Faculty Development

Note Taking

Note-taking is a skill that can be critical in the retention and success of undergraduate students.  Meta-analysis of effects on learning suggests that note-taking has a relatively strong effect on student learning outcomes (Marzano 1998).  

As with any skill, note-taking needs to be learned and developed over time.  Since there are usually no courses in “note-taking” in K-12 institutions, students should be explicitly supported in developing this skill in discipline-based courses (Kiewra 2002).  Considering that writing conventions and academic language vary significantly from the field of study to the field of study, it makes sense that students will learn a significant amount of their note-taking strategies during coursework.  By explicitly planning to support students in their note-taking, more equitable opportunities for academic success will be accessible to all students.

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Effective Note-Taking in Class (UNC)

6 Strategies for Taking High-Quality Notes (Edutopia)

What’s the best, most effective way to take notes? (The Conversation)
Note-taking: A Research Roundup (Cult of Pedagogy)

Improving Cornell Notes with Sketchnoting (Verbal to Visual)

The Active Learning Classroom: Strategies for Practical Educators (Creekmore & Deaton)

Factors of Effective Note-Taking: Application of Cognitive Load Theory (The Learning Scientists)