How to Effectively Use PowerPoint Notes

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.