You’re sitting in class.
The teacher is speaking. Fast.
You’re trying to take notes.
“What was she saying?” you’re thinking
You spend two seconds trying to figure out what the second word in the last sentence was,
and it’s a matter of seconds before you fall way behind.
She’s already talking about something else.
You’re lost again.
Or maybe you’re in a meeting, and your boss is speaking.
You have to take notes, but you can’t do it all at once: listen, understand, respond, show that you’re interested and take notes so you can write a meeting summary at the end.
And then you walk out, thinking…
I need to improve my listening comprehension.
Vocabulary. Fluency. English. Grammar. Writing speed.
And lose 3 pounds.
(cuz if you’re already hard on yourself why not beat yourself up completely?)
But, you know,
You really don’t have to do all that to be the best note-taker in class.
To take notes and still stay engaged in class.
To understand that dry, sarcastic joke because your head is not buried in your notes.
Because there’s a way to…
how should I say it..
(You know I love cheating)
And.. I’m going to share that with you in today’s episode.
So here’s what’s waiting for you once you hit the play button:
1. Why is taking notes in English so freaking challenging? (00:40)
2. What you should never do when taking notes (02:15)
3. A new approach to note-taking and how understanding intonation can help (04:10)
4. Note-taking strategy #1: Messy & immediate (13:12)
5. Note-taking strategy #2: Organized & long-term (17:45)
What’s your favorite method to take notes?
Be a pal and share it with us in the comments!
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