While reading and math are skills that we can exercise on a day to day basis, note taking can be harder to keep practicing. And yet this skill can make a huge difference to how well you survive the back to school pressure.
There are a variety of note taking “systems”. Some will appeal to you and others won’t. Some will suit specific situations and others will be better applied to different ones.
The summer is a good time to do some experimenting with note taking, without the stress of having to take good notes to get good grades.
I found a useful website from California Poly State University to clarify 5 different note taking methods, how to do them, when they are useful and their disadvantages. http://sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl/notetaking.systems.html
Look over the website- there is a downloadable document – then give some of them a try.
Take notes from news programs, sign up for free teleseminar online and use them to practice note taking (If you need a recommendation try mine http://thegradecoach.com/overwhelmed/ ) .
Find what works for you, your style and your subjects – before it becomes critical!