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Taking Notes

Taking organized notes to help choose answers correctly back 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.


Part 1


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.


Listen First



Compare Notes



Part 2


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.








Part 3


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.




Part 4


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.


Listen First



Compare Notes



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42 entries  |  1 2 3 4 5
Amir wrote on Monday January 23, 2017 1:21am
Best instructions I've ever seen for taking notes!! hope it works for me Thank you so much
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Beheshta wrote on Sunday January 15, 2017 7:48am
It was very good. Than you so much.
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Beheshta wrote on Sunday January 15, 2017 7:47am
It was very good, Thanks.
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Rajendra wrote on Wednesday January 11, 2017 9:08am
really helpful with good guidance and articulate lecture..
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fash2468 wrote on Thursday December 29, 2016 6:09am
Good work, You guys are touching lifes

z wrote on Thursday December 1, 2016 1:34pm
exactly my thought
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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.
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Lily wrote on Monday October 31, 2016 5:27am
That helps a lot ,thanks!
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Virantha wrote on Tuesday October 11, 2016 10:18pm
This is great. Thank you NOTEFULL
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Mr. Nobody wrote on Tuesday October 11, 2016 4:23am
Nice. But itd be better to mention what does those colours mean in a seperate box.
Rated 4 of 5 Stars