I have hit a bit of a roadblock in my undergraduate studies. Our lectures assume that we should be taking notes, and that is entirely understandable: after all, what else can you be doing during a lecture besides listening and note-taking? However, I have not the foggiest idea as to how to integrate notes into my studying process. I understand that if I take notes during class, I can engage much more with my material, and therefore give myself a head-start on reviewing it later on, (and I am not even talking about the case when you simply don’t know how to take notes matching the tempo of the lecture,) but consider this: my Linear Algebra course, for example, has a rather unorthodox professor teaching it, and the arrangement of the topics is rather different from how it is in the textbook, not to mention that it doesn’t cover a lot of the material that, frankly, would be really nice to know. If I take notes during that class, I will, in the best case scenario, be left with a set of notes that are rather scanty, and hard to elaborate upon if trying to combine processing those notes with processing the material of textbook as well. So what should I do? Should I just trust my lecturer (however hard it may be) with the comprehensiveness and structure of the course, and mostly study the notes, or should I spend god-awful stretches in order to create as god-awful a set of notes that is a blasted Frankenstein of my lecturer’s words and those of the textbook? How do you generally work with maths notes after class?

  • $\begingroup$ Some people tape lectures or borrow notes from someone in the class who takes good notes. Beyond that, well there really isn't any sort of one-size-fits-all approach. $\endgroup$
    – lulu
    Sep 18 at 19:24
  • $\begingroup$ Recording the lecture works wonders! I would just speak to each professor before hand to ensure they are ok with you doing so. $\endgroup$
    – Joe
    Sep 18 at 19:36
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    $\begingroup$ Im not sure if this is the right place to ask. Maybe math educators stack exchange? You’re gonna need to phrase this question in a mostly impersonal way or else people will want to close vote it $\endgroup$
    – FShrike
    Sep 18 at 19:36


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