The following skills are necessary in order for you to effective take down notes in the classroom, or when listening to a video, radio lesson, audio recording, etc.:

  • listening, reading and questioning skills. 

Always be prepared for any note-taking session by ensuring that you have the following at hand:

  • A note book
  • Pens, pencils
  • You can even record a radio lesson if you have the necessary devices/ equipment. In this way, you can always refer to aspects that you need to revise or gain clarity on.

You should write notes in an organized and concise manner.


Do not write down every word, but rather record/ write only the main ideas.

Always try to make summaries in your own words. This makes it easier for you to remember. It also saves time.

Make use mind maps. This is also an effective way to summarise and recall important facts.