skip to main content

Reading and Note Taking

WCU Student Resources

Data - Recording

Focus on the facts and ideas of each subject area while you are reading. Capturing the main ideas will help to fill in the details and definitions of each subject area making reflection and review of your notes easier.

Decrease - Summarizing

It helps to clarify and combine meanings and relationships between items. Identifying like-items while reading, then summarizing their relationship in your note-taking , will bring order to your notes.

Deliver - Recall

Reading your notes is important to start the memory process. The repetition of those notes support the goal towards your memory bank. Reviewing your notes 10-15 minutes per day (whether you believe you need to or not) will help with recalling information when it comes to test-taking.

Display - Mental images

Reading and re-reading is the beginning of your memory process. Remembering is a process that must be visited often and over a period of time. Creating a mental imagine of the items or ideas you want to remember can be a powerful tool. Cramming is not an effective way for long-term knowledge.

Distribute - Moving information

Speak the information out loud. Moving your knowledge from your brain to your spoken words can be a powerful way to embed your knowledge for long-term use.