Take Note: Strategies to Develop Student Note-Taking Skills

Take Note: Strategies to Develop Student Note-Taking Skills

Here’s how to turn your students into competent, motivated note-takers


Most students aren’t particularly effective note-takers. They don’t know the best way to go about it, they’re not often challenged on the quality of their note-taking, and they’re rarely motivated to take good notes.

Fortunately, there are techniques you can quickly and easily introduce in your courses that will drive better student note-taking. Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., shares them in the Magna Online Course Take Note: Strategies to Develop Student Note-Taking Skills.


In this idea-filled, on-demand program, Dr. Weimer—longtime editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and blog—provides research-based and classroom-tested developmental strategies. She explains how:

  • Note-taking provides not just a useful end product but “process” benefits like improved listening skills
  • Teacher-provided notes can impede learning
  • Simple classroom assignments can demonstrate to students the value of note-taking
  • Poor note-taking skills can be improved with a variety of easy-to-implement exercises
  • Allowing limited use of notes during exams can drive better note-taking
  • You can help students meet the challenge of note-taking from assigned readings
  • You can encourage effective note-taking from classroom discussions


By focusing on exercises and activities that make the benefits of good note-taking plain to students, Dr. Weimer provides you with tools that are not just instructional but also motivational—designed to get your students to care about a subject they might otherwise find uninspiring.

At the conclusion of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Introduce exercises that convince students of the benefits of good note-taking
  • Create classroom assignments that reward improved note-taking
  • Help students develop effective strategies for note-taking from lectures, readings, and discussions


# of people Cost per person
1 $299
2-4 $269
5-9 $189
10-19 $149
20-39 $129
40-59 $109
60-79 $89
80-99 $79
100-149 $69
150-199 $59
200 $49

The course enrollment will expire one year after activation.


Inspire your students to improve a skill that will serve them well in the classroom and far beyond. Order Take Note: Strategies to Develop Student Note-Taking Skills today!

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