Carnegie Mellon University

Student Academic Success Center

Office of the Vice Provost for Education

I have trouble taking effective lecture notes.

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Good lecture notes can be an incredible asset when studying for exams or completing homework assignments. The key, however, is knowing how to take good lecture notes. You don’t want to copy down each of the Professor’s PowerPoint slides word for word, but you also don’t want to miss any important information. We advise breaking the process down into 3 stages: before, during, and after lecture.

I don’t know what to do before I go to lecture.

I don’t know what to do during lecture.

I don’t know what to do after lecture.

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