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How to take notes when the lecture pace is too fast

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Ever feel like a lecture's going so fast that you can't keep up with lecturer? Here's some tips to help keep up on the lecture:

  1. Don't be afraid to ask questions.

    This is probably one of students biggest concerns, even in an online setting where students are more free to speak their mind. It would be very helpful if you missed something, or failed to understand a concept, and then ask it, and have a good chance of getting a sufficient answer.

  2. Pay attention in particular to the most important terms/points raised by your lecturer.

    If any of these things are true about the lecturer's current point of discussion, it is probably important: 

    1. it was in bold text
    2. it was at the beginning of a section
    3. they emphasized it several times

  3. Try to find the lecture in your class's online workspace.

    Chances are, you might find the powerpoint presentation they might have there, or a list of files.

    However, it is recommended that you store all your notes in one place so that you will no longer need to go back there just to get some files. Instead, store all your lecture notes at Note Canvas and have all your school notes/files conveniently stored in one location.

  4. If lecture notes/presentations don't exist or aren't given consistently, record the entire meeting.

    This is a bit tricky, but there might be times where the lecturer does not have any files posted in your class's online workspace.

    If that's the case, use a video recording program. I recommend 
    HyperCam, as it is by far the easiest video recording program to use. Just make sure to turn on "Record Sound" in the Sound tab, then press record.

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    If you are not new at video recording though, I would recommend OBS Studio, as you can also record your own audio while recording your computer's sound.

  5. Make a list of glossary terms from the lecture.

    If there is something that you don't understand at any part of the presentation, making a list of glossary terms will help you understand some of the things that you might have missed.

  6. Ask your lecturer/classmates for their notes later.

Conclusion

Overall, don't panic if you missed anything from your lecture, as there will always be a way to find them, be it from your classmate or even your lecturer.

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