Taking organized notes to help choose answers correctlyback to top
Remember that everyone takes notes differently, so you don't have to have the exact same words in your notes as we do throughout this exercise, but your notes should be similar.
With this method of taking notes, you'll be focusing on writing the subject, verb, and object of key sentences. These notes will lead you to more correct answers on the listening section and better comprehension when you're forced to guess. Without good notes, you will earn a lower, sometimes much lower, TOEFL score than you deserve.
There are 4 parts to this exercise that will change the way you take notes for the TOEFL and for the rest of your life. We hope you enjoy it.
Listen to the lecture and take notes by yourself naturally. Then, look at our notes and compare. How are they different? How are they similar? This is just to warm you up and give you a sense of where you are in your current ability.
Now, listen to our paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of the transcript of the lecture and how to take notes on it effectively.
Take your time. Listen to the lecture and our lessons over and over again if you need to. Rushing does not lead to improvement; it leads to stress and failure. And, this is where you're going to be doing the most score improving work.
It's time for an overview of how what you've learned translates into good note-taking ability. Listen to our explanation of our notes and the way to easily test if your note-taking is effective. Good luck! Know that if you make sure to apply this on your next TOEFL, you just improved your TOEFL score.
This is the moment of truth. It's time to put all of your knowledge to the test by listening to the lecture again and taking notes one more time. You should notice a difference in the way your brain now listens to the lecture. You should also notice that your notes are much closer to our example notes.
Vipul wrote on Monday November 28, 2016 9:37am
A small suggestion. Place the notes beside the paragraph as well. I guess it would be easier instead of going up and down numerous times. Otherwise, the notes are very useful.