5 Things Students and Teachers Get Wrong about Note Taking

1. Good notes are not just useful, but are crucial for academic success – students that just listen comprehend 50% or less of a lecture and forget 80% after 2 weeks (unless they have notes to review).

2. Student notes are notoriously incomplete and incorrect – students capture less than 50% of the critical ideas in a lecture.

3. Just taking notes isn’t enough, you must review – in real world conditions (when the test is not immediately after the lecture) reviewing notes is the key to success. Without review there is not much difference between taking notes and just listening.Not surprisingly, the quality and completeness of notes has a major impact on the effectiveness of review.

4.  Trying to transcribe the lecturer actually leads to less useful notes.

5. Notes taken by students students that use laptops as word processors are not as useful as those taken by other means.

6. Note taking is not always positive – for some students and lectures any type of note taking is actually distracting and detrimental – but reviewing notes is always useful

Enabling effortless capture of lecture content (boards, presentations, lecture, discussions) LectureMonkey smart capture lets anyone use their smartphone to easily capture lecture notes without interfering with listening.LectureMonkey notes  are 100% complete and 100% accurate – no critical ideas are missed or omitted. LectureMonkey‘s  note comments lets everyone in class collaboratively add annotations that make review for a test as efficient as possible.

Students – LectureMonkey is the easiest, best and cheapest way  to academic success.

Teachers and Professors – Students love access to captured lectures, and rank teachers that have recordings higher. Now there is a cheap easy way for them to have it for every class and exercise – and to make them responsible for their own success. Have your students download and use LectureMonkey, they’ll learn more, get better grades and thank you for it.


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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