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05/09/2018
Taking class notes may be a bore, but when it comes time to revise for tests, they can be a real help. To take the best notes possible, check out these tips.

Tips for Better Class Notes

Many students think that by simply going to class and doing the homework they'll be fine. Unfortunately, there's much more work that needs to get done in order to turn out a good grade. One thing your child can greatly benefit from is taking great class notes. To help your child take better notes during class, consider these suggestions.

Read Ahead

Teachers assign reading and homework for a reason. While some of these assignments may go over what you've already seen in class, others are used to prepare you for what is coming up. Showing up to class without doing the assigned reading isn't the most beneficial, so be sure your child keeps up with their assignments. Assigned reading can help give them a solid foundation that they will build on during class the next day, so encourage them to get it done before class.

Show up Prepared

Reading the night before is part of being prepared, but there's more to it. To start, be sure your child shows up to class on time. This will ensure they have plenty of time to settle into their seat and pull out their supplies before the teacher starts going over the lesson. Your child should also have their class notebook, pens, pencils, and an eraser. They can use these supplies to take down notes and keep them organized in a tidy notebook. Loose sheets of paper can get lost and having to ask around for a pencil may cause your child to lose valuable information.

Listen While You Write

A part of taking great notes is being an active listener as you write. To do this, your child will need to actually listen to what the teacher is saying instead of trying to write down what they're saying verbatim. Students who try to write down every word the teacher says won't be able to concentrate on the actual lesson and may be confused by their notes later on. They may also lose important information because they can fall behind trying to write down everything. Instead, teach your child to listen to the lesson, process the concepts, and write down only the most important information. They can go back later and fill in concepts with more detail or take additional notes from their reading.

Ask Questions

Since your child will actively be listening, this means they'll notice when something doesn't make sense to them. Encourage your child to raise their hand and ask questions if this is the case. Asking questions right away will ensure your child doesn't get completely lost and will also ensure their notes make more sense. We know that it can be scary to ask a question in front of the entire class, but if your child has a question, it's likely that other students are wondering the same thing. With the help of tutoring in Torrance, CA, your child can develop better note-taking skills. Check out the academic programs offered at The Tutoring Center, Torrance CA to get your child started. To learn more about these and their academic approach, contact them at (310)530-5377.

Rewrite Your Notes

Having your child rewrite their notes is great for a couple of reasons. First of all, this will help your child have neater notes that are easier to read and understand once it comes time to study them. Another reason this is a great practice is that it gets your child to review their notes. Writing them down again will solidify the information in their head, helping them to really learn the information.

Try out Different Methods

There are a ton of different note-taking methods students can try out. It may take a few tries for your child to decide if the system they're using works for them or not, so be patient. One commonly used note-taking method is the Cornell method. This note-taking method requires that your child divides their sheets of paper into three section. One section is used to take notes during class, after class, they fill in another section with cues or potential test questions that can be formed with the notes they took, and the last section is used to write a summary of their notes. Like we said, this isn't the only method, so look for additional methods your child can test out.

After School Tutoring in Torrance, CA

To help your child take better notes, why not enroll them in tutoring in Torrance? The Tutoring Center, Torrance CA offers great academic programs that can help your child reach their academic potential. To learn more, give them a call at (310) 530-5377.

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