Should I take notes before class?Watch
Should i take notes before or not?
Thanks in advance cause it was a loonnngg question!
What I do is is write questions for myself while the teacher is talking, like a full page on just questions
Then after class I try answering them, and then if I can’t I then go onto checking the textbook for answer.
Then I repeat
I would also keep track of the amount of time that an instructor would spend on a particular topic, and how much work they did - did they just talk about it, draw something on the board, draw something really complicated, give the students pre-prepared hand-outs, have viewgraphs [with overhead projector] made up ahead of time... Each of these was more work for the instructor, and showed that they thought that this particular topic was more important. I would add up the number of minutes at each 'work level' that the instructor had put in on a particular topic [multiplied by the 'work level']. The total would give a rough measure of the importance of that topic to the course (in the instructor's mind). I found that this indicated fairly accurately the liklihood of a question on that topic appearing on the next exam. Best of luck!!
I would definitely be using spare time to read ahead. Not necessarily writing notes but being ahead and having a basic understanding of what you are about to be taught is really helpful - to be honest I need to do this more often, but I only do it if I have a free or chunk of time to spare
If you can find what 'parallel text' the instructor is using - [this is a textbook that presents basically the same information that the assigned text does, but was written by different authors and published by a different publisher] - you should get nearly an exact transcript of the instructor's class lecture. Most instructors also use this book [usually it's only one], to get questions for their class exams. I took two classes in my checkered academic career - they were miles, states, and years apart. In one of them, the instructor used the worked out 'example' questions in his parallel text (the ones that are worked out all the way to the final answer) for about 70% of the questions on his exams. The other course, that instructor (different instructor and parallel test of course), used those example questions for 100% of his exam questions. I found that to be REALLY delightful!! The parallel text is often considerably older that what is currently on sale. You might find that your instructor is using the '4th edition' of his parallel text, whilst bookshops are currently selling the 19th or 20th edition of it. Since academic textbooks are nearly always completely re-written for each new edition, you need to get the EXACT edition that your instructor is using, for it to do you any good at all. I suspect that the instructor may have used the parallel text he is using when he was a student taking the course as an undergraduate. Best of luck!!