All of Us are Smarter than Any of Us

Note taking is a good strategy for college, but on its own it isn’t enough. For example here is what Stanford University has to say about taking notes:

  • Lecture notes should be as specific and concrete as possible: Be precise about the lecturer’s key ideas. It makes them easier to understand, remember and apply.
  • Take selective notes. Don’t try to copy information verbatim. Write down ideas from the lecture that are most salient. If you get stuck or desperate, write down single cue words to help remind you of the topic, then go back and fill in your blanks later.

Which is great if you know which are the key ideas and which aren’t. On the other side of the US (from Dartmouth and Cornell) they recommend recording as many meaningful facts and ideas as you can.  Utah State University tells you that lecture notes should “represent a concise and complete outline of the most important points and ideas, especially those considered most important by your professor.”

All great advice – but they all hinge on understanding (at first hearing and during the lecture no less) exactly what is important and what is not. I’ll bet that if you take lecture notes from different students – they will have a lot of differences based on students different understanding of what is important.

That is why we think recording a lecture (audio, boards and presentation) is a great addition to notes – you capture everything, not just what you thought was important. Add to that LectureMonkey’s shared bookmarks and comments (i.e. notes)which enables the whole class to collaborate on marking the important ideas. So not only do you get a complete recording of the lecture, you also get the whole class’ wisdom on what is important and as the title says – all of us are smarter than any of us.


About Jacob Ukelson

blog (mostly) about my work and technology. So far I have been lucky enough to have been working on things I consider fun and with really top notch people. I have worked in both large companies (IBM) and small companies (ActionBase, ConicIT, Dapper, eXeedTechnologies). eXeed was establish to remedy a failure of the VC model in Israel – most VCs were monetary investors, but most companies needed not just money – they needed operational and business guidance. That is what we provide at eXeed – not just an investment but also our time and skills as seasoned software executives. I have taken on various titles – CTO, VP Products, VP BizDev – but throughout my career a constant focus has been on technologymarket fit, aka customer development. Unique breakthrough technology is a start, but the product must solve real business problems. It needs to be something customers can understand, relate to and will want to buy. I have been doing this for 20 years for software products in companies both large and small.
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1 Response to All of Us are Smarter than Any of Us

  1. Pingback: Note Taking as a Foreign Student | LectureMonkey

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