Guidelines for taking notes from a textbook

First read a section of your textbook chapter

Then go back after reading the section and take notes. It is tempting to take notes as you are reading, but this is not an efficient technique as you are likely to take down too much information.

Evaluate what you are reading

  • Decide what the main and sub ideas are
  • Paraphrase the information
  • Then write it in your notes
    Do not copy information directly from the textbook.
    Putting the textbook information in your own words will force you to become actively involved with the materials.