What are Guided Notes?
Guided Notes are teacher-prepared hand-outs that outline or map lectures, but leave "blank" space for key concepts, facts, definitions, etc. As the lecture progresses, you then fill in the spaces with content.
Guided notes help you follow a lecture, identify its important points,
and develop a foundation of content to study and to apply.
If you have difficulty taking notes, ask your instructor if he or she can prepare guided notes to help you improve your note taking.
Here are several strategies in completing and using Guided Notes:
Before the lecture:
After the lecture:
After the class period:
1. Develop your shorthand. Eliminate vowels and use symbols.
2. Use tape recordings only to check or clarify notes, not to listen to the whole lecture again.
3. Note whether your instructor repeats material in different ways or gives different examples concerning the same topic.
4. Record clues given by your instructor. The tone of voice, the use of expressions, and various gestures are important.
5. Be alert for indicator words or phrases:
"There are three important...."
"The beauty of this is..."
Sit in front
Nod and smile
Track the teacher
1. Attend all classes
2. Hearing is not listening. Listening is a cognitive activity that processes and interprets information.
3. Focus on meaning, not individual facts
Make connections between individual facts and the topic of lecture.
4. Listen to opening remarks
Teachers often use opening remarks to make connections with a previous class or the purpose of the day's lecture.