In many math classes, there are times when the teacher lectures. Sometimes
the teacher writes key words, examples, and explanations on a whiteboard
or a projector. Sometimes the teacher uses presentation software like
PowerPoint. The examples may be the same or different than the examples in the
As a student, you need to listen, understand, ask questions, and take notes. For
many learners, the very act of taking notes helps them retain the material. Notes
also are a record of what your instructor thinks is most important and a source of
help for doing homework.
When you are taking notes, you are writing, listening, and thinking about new
material at the same time. If you search the Internet for note taking in math, you will
find many different systems for organizing and using your notes. What you choose
to do depends on whether your teacher expects you to always take notes, how fast
you can write, how much you need to watch (not just listen) to learn, and how your
teacher presents the information. For most students, the system they use is not as
important as having a time as soon after class as possible in which they rewrite and
organize their notes, connecting the notes to the material in the textbook.