Taking Effective Notes

The best way to get the grade you want on your exams is to set up the information you need to learn in an effective, manageable way, and to frequently review that information to make sure you fully understand it.

This program presents how effective note-taking serves as the key to understanding and retaining information presented in lectures, books, and other instructional materials. 

Female college student taking notes.

Before you start, here are a few things to know.


  • The content of this program is presented in a single topic.
  • Your progress is monitored. You must successfully complete the topic to complete the program.
  • There are some questions at the end of the topic so you can evaluate your learning and identify information you would like to review. Don't worry, it's not a test and it's not graded. We call it a, "Check on Learning."


  • The program should only take about 15 minutes to complete.
  • Because there are no student accounts or retention of personal information, there is no bookmarking features. Users must complete the program in one session to be able to print a completion certificate at the end of the program.