Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3411 Tests usually cover material that’s been presented in class. It is, there- fore, important to have good notes to study from. Be an active listener. In order to take good notes, you must pay attention and actively listen to what your teacher is saying. Kylie is listening to the radio while she’s getting ready for school. The DJ plays several songs, and then he says that he’s going to play a new song by Kylie’s favorite artist. As soon as she hears this, Kylie sits down and listens carefully to the song. She tries to hear every word so that she can understand the meaning of the lyrics. In this scene, Kylie went from passive listening to active listening. When you’re actively listening in class, you aren’t just hearing the words the teacher is saying, you are also thinking about and trying to understand the information that’s being presented. Take notes to help you pay attention. You can think much faster than anyone can talk. This is one of the reasons that your mind sometimes wanders when you’re in class. When you take notes, however, your mind has something additional to do, and you don’t have time to think about anything else. Taking notes, therefore, helps you stay focused. Taking notes also shows your teacher that you’re interested in the class and that you are paying attention. Recognize important information. You can usually tell when a teacher is saying something that’s important for you to know. Teachers often speak louder or slower, or they repeat information. They also give clues by saying things like“the main point,” “the most important outcome,” or“the biggest reason.” Of course, anything a teacher writes on the board or overhead should be considered very important. In your notes, put a star beside the most important information. You’ll then know to give it special attention when you’re studying later. “I highlight anything in my notes that’s really important.” Marcus Step Take Good Notes 5