Note-Taking Skills Class

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Jennifer Taylor

Note-Taking Instructor
A few years ago at a homeschooling conference, Jennifer, homeschooling mother of two, noticed that her children and many others were unable to take cohesive notes from a lecture. She began researching note-taking strategies and eventually developed a class to ensure that local homeschooled students would be well-prepared for the lecture environment of college. She has been teaching the course for the last 5 years.  

Class Description

1 hour,  5-week course

Note-Taking Strategies is a “crash course” for middle school and high school students that teaches them how to take efficient notes during a lecture. Often overlooked, this skill is essential for students planning to continue on to college.

The course will cover the following:

  • Why students need to learn to take good notes
  • When they will likely use them and how
  • Signal words and clues to listen or look for in a lecture that identify key information so the student knows what to write
  • Tricks to increase speed
  • 3 different, effective styles of note-taking
  • When and how to review for better retention

Students practice note-taking in class using each of the 3 styles presented. A small amount of homework will be assigned. There is no grade offered for this class. It is offered strictly as a tool to help students succeed. The course is only offered once in the fall at the beginning of the year and meets 5 times for one hour.


Note-Taking Skills Class Dates

Classes will be held on Thursdays at 1:30 pm. Each class will last an hour.

Class Dates:

  • August 31, 2017
  • September 7, 2017
  • September 14, 2017
  • September 21, 2017
  • September 28, 2017

Grade Level

6th-12th grade

Course Prerequisites


Textbook & Other Materials

  • notebook
  • a few sheets of printer paper
  • 1 set of at least 5 colored pencils
  • pen or pencil for taking notes


55.00 per student due at the first class, non-refundable.

Cash or check made out to Jennifer Taylor. Please put the payment in an envelope with the student’s name on the front.


Contact Jennifer