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Lectures and Recitations: Taking Lecture Notes1

WHY take lecture notes, particularly when many instructors provide handouts and PowerPoints?

Taking your own lecture notes enables you to:

WHAT should you record while taking notes?

Keep an eye out for the following, which may indicate significance:

HOW should you take notes?

Your optimal style may include the following:

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