Child & Family Development Child & Family Development

June 6, 2014

Notes? Take what?

According to Mary ‘Mo’ Froneberger, Educational Specialist, note-taking can be a daunting task, especially for a student with ADHD and/or a learning disablity.

Susan Kruger, M.Ed. is the author of SOAR Study Skills. She recently published an article in ADDitudeMag with great information about students can be better note-takers. Here are some of her recommendations:

1. Date your notes

2. When your teacher says, “This will be on your test.”- make sure you right it down.

3. Fold your paper from the left about a third of the way. Use this space to write down summary questions to ask yourself for studying. 

4. Don’t write on the back of your notebook paper and instead keep it blank in case you need to add information later. 

5. During class if you don’t hear or get something that your teacher says, leave a blank sheet of paper to remind you to get the information later.

6. Paraphrase and abbreviate your notes as much as possible so that you can keep them short; however, use as much as you  need to keep the notes clear and legible in order to read them later. 

7. When studying your notes, read them aloud. Write or draw any visuals such as maps and review them within one day of taking them.