How to Best Remember a Class Lecture

Get-It-Done Guy explains how to actively engage with the class material through note-taking and study groups.

Stever Robbins
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Thinking childFor those students out there, in order to best remember what you went over in class I recommend taking notes by hand, not by typing. Writing the material forces you to review it and engages your muscles in memorizing. The more of your senses—sight, touch, hearing—you can get involved, the better you’ll learn.

Then, the day before your class, reinforce the recall of the material you've covered so far by reviewing the last week's chapter briefly. If you have a study group, discuss the previous chapter for a few minutes. Share any insights or ideas that have come up between classes. Also spend a few minutes reviewing your handwritten notes from a few weeks before. Reviewing information a few weeks later actually reinforces memory better than if you review it every week.

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About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.