How to Effectively Use PowerPoint Notes
- Finding your method of taking notes takes trial and error.
- Don’t be afraid to pick and choose certain methods that work for you.
- You might have to use each of the different PowerPoint techniques for different classes.
- Don’t be afraid to modify any method.
- Don’t get discouraged if it takes a while to find your personal note-taking style. You will find what best suits you.
Print Out Slides:
- Print two slides per page.
- Enable highlighting and circling.
- Use these to write about specific areas in the PowerPoint slides.
- Include information the professor repeats.
- Print four to six per page as an information locator.
- Underline and highlight.
- Use your personal notes to write more specific information.
- Use for a reference so you can find it easily later.
- If these don’t work for you, try a different number of slides per page.
Edit Downloaded Slides:
- Type directly into the slide.
- Edit, highlight, and or underline information on slide.
- Don’t be afraid to add your own notes or comments to the information in the slide.
- Use the note-taking function at the bottom of the slide to type your notes.
Screen Shot Slides:
- Have the PowerPoint open and screen snip the slide to add it to your own notes.
- Enable students to hear what the professor is saying rather than rushing to write what is on the slide.
- Later, go through and make connections between the slides and what the professor was talking about.