Guided Notes

In some cases, your teacher or professor may give you guided notes to help you find the information that you need to know. Guided notes, which are typically written by your teacher or professor, are a set of notes that are designed to include all of the key points that you need to know in a particular class without including any specific details about those key points. In other words, guided notes are basically a set of notes that provide an outline of the main topics and/or the subtopics that the class will cover, so you can write in the details that you need to know under each topic. Guided notes, as a result, can be very useful when you’re trying to learn a lot of information in a very short period of time or trying to learn something that is difficult to understand. However, it is important to note that guided notes have a series of advantages and disadvantages, and you may want to know how you can receive the full benefit of your guided notes while avoiding some of the pitfalls.dreamstime_16812013


To receive the full benefit of your guided notes, there are a couple of things that you should remember.

  • First, it is important to remember that your guided notes can make it easier for you to hone your note taking skills. This is important because a number of students use their guided notes as nothing more than a crutch to find the information that they need. However, you may be able to use your guided notes to not only find the information that you need, but also to find the verbal and visual cues that your professor may use when he or she is talking about an important concept. This will not only make it easier for you to take notes, but it will also make it easier for you to learn the skills that you need to take notes in future classes where guided notes may not be available. In other words, it may be tempting to use your guided notes as an excuse to be a little lazy with your note taking, but it is important to avoid the temptation and use your guided notes as an opportunity to practice your note taking skills.
  • Secondly, it is important to remember that your guided notes will usually tell you how many details to look for. This is important because most guided notes will include a series of numbered blanks after each major topic and/or subtopic, and you have to make sure that you are recording all of the details that you need to find.